“I just want to hang out with people who are as big a dork as I am. Oh and take Cosplay photos, yup.”
This is a man who loves what he does. You can tell by the way he puts together his shoots. You can tell by the end results of his sessions. If you can’t tell…then you will be able to tell by the time you finish reading this. Majin is one of the background guys…the photographer. The guy that brings you the images that you buy online or at conventions. He is the guy that makes your fav. Cosplayers look that much better. Today we give him a bit of the spotlight and put him in the hot seat…
Jack Nickelz: So tell us what first got you started in Photography?
Majin Buchoy: I had to take B&W film photography as a prereq for my major. I ended up liking it so I took another course for it the next semester.
Jack Nickelz: What was your first camera?
Majin Buchoy: My first working camera was the Pentax ZX-7.
Jack Nickelz: Is going to conventions a bit different as a photographer?
Majin Buchoy: Going to conventions as a tog is very different from a Cosplayer. We don’t get asked to stop and take pictures. We are the ones asking to take the photos =). I also spend part of my time location scouting and schedule tracking. Making sure the Cosplayers will be where they need to be and on time.
Jack Nickelz: What has been some of your fav. Cosplays to capture?
Majin Buchoy: Being an old school anime nerd, I geeked out at the Kenshin group I had the chance to shoot a couple of AKons ago. Kenshin is on my top 3 anime list, maybe top 2…
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Cosplayers that you love working with?
Majin Buchoy: I work best with friendly Cosplayers who are also goofballs. Those who are not demanding and just let me do what I do and trust it’ll come out decent. The ladies from Plutoknights are a blast to work with. Super respectful about scheduling and amazingly humble about the ridonkculous Cosplays they create. They even invited me to Cosplay with them a couple of times, which was an unnerving but fun experience for me. (I had to show my bellybutton)
Jack Nickelz: Do you remember the first Cosplay picture you took?
Majin Buchoy: I made my friend put on a luchadore mask and jump around in his backyard. That was when the Cholo-Luchadore was born. But if we are talking like a full blown Cosplay shoot, that was with Cinnabunny as Riku from Final Fantasy. She was such a trooper, because I made her go into a snake infested forest. (I didn’t see any, but if she were telling the story she would there were billions.)
Jack Nickelz: Now do you do any other types of photography outside of Cosplay photography?
Majin Buchoy: I’m trying to. I’ve been traveling more and trying to document the places I go to. For some reason I’m still not comfortable with it though.
Jack Nickelz: What’s the hardest shoot that you have had to do?
Majin Buchoy: All the group shots are difficult. Having to deal with multiple people, getting them in the place within the frame, in the right position, with appropriate facial expressions, all at the same time. Gah……There was an AOT shoot I did with close to 10 people I think?? But for some reason all those group shots turned out great.
Jack Nickelz: Who are some of the Photographers that you admire?
Majin Buchoy: I don’t follow many photographers lately. But I still do love Diane Arbus’s work. She has way to make mundane people look refreshingly weird and interesting.
Jack Nickelz: What editing software is a part of your arsenal?
Majin Buchoy: Photoshop is me weapon of choice. It’s just incredibly versatile. But I do admit, I rely on it way too much.
Jack Nickelz: For people who are interested in seeing your work, where can they go?
Majin Buchoy: You can find me at Facebook, DeviantArt, and Flickr. Just look up MajinBuchoy.
Jack Nickelz: Is there anything you think conventions can do to make things easier for photographers?
Majin Buchoy: That’s a hard one. A lot of what I like is location based and can’t really be controlled by the con itself. There are some conventions that started including background sets which are sorta cool, but then you get so many photos with the same background as other togs. I would like to see competitions for Cosplay photography incorporated into the convention somehow.
Jack Nickelz: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Majin Buchoy: I’m actually on break from Cosplay photography to focus more on traveling. But I’ll be back eventually. I do miss the people quite a bit.
Jack Nickelz: Thank you for taking time out to do this. Is there anything else you would like to say to the fans?
Majin Buchoy: Haha I don’t have fans. But if there’s anyone out there looking to start out in Cosplay photography or just general tips, just shoot me a message on my FB page. I’d be happy to help =)