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VCON Relaxicon 41½ Online Schedule!
(Oct 28/29, 2017, @ Sheraton Vancouver Guildford)

VCON is the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy, and games convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest that has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, tabletop games, electronic games, etc. For more detailed information visit our website: www.vcon.ca.

This year’s convention’s theme is "Relax...", as in "Relax ... with a good book, ... with a great game, ... with beautiful art, ... with food and drink, ... with a blockbuster movie, ... with an engaging discussion, ... with friends, both old and new!"

Oct 9, 2017: The Schedule is still largely under development
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Saturday, October 28 • 14:30 - 16:20
Just Be Cos

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Become truly immersed in the creative process ...

"Just Be Cos" is a photo manipulation workshop with a twist. It is not only for people who want to see HOW photo manipulation is done but ALSO for those who want to literally be "in" the finished product!

VCON Relaxicon Artist GoH, Nancie Green, will bring a number of pre-made backgrounds, you bring your model photos (yourself, your child, a family member, a friend, a pet or anyone who you have the legal rights and permission to use). NOTE: no movie star or non-personal stock images allowed! Together, you will pick out a background and she will "blend" your model into it. The final product will be a collaborative piece of art for you to take home (digital copy, non-commercial use only).

WHAT TO BRING AND HOW TO PREPARE (the important stuff!)

  • Costumed images are best but Nancie can do non-costumed as well (*see suggestions below)
  • Photos should be taken with as simple a background as possible. If possible, please take photos against a plain non-textured wall or solid coloured sheet (please stretch out wrinkles as much as possible).
  • The background should be a good contrast colour to the clothing/costume - no "white on white" or "blue on blue" etc. NOTE: if the background is too busy or colours too similar Nancie will not be able to work with it given the time limitations.
  • If at all possible do not use a flash. Take the photo with good lighting and with as few shadows as possible.
  • Photos MUST be in digital format on a jump drive or sd card.
  • Digital file should be in .tif, .jpg or camera raw format
  • Images should be a minimum of 2240x1680 pixels (taken with a 5-megapixel camera or greater at high/large/max quality setting). The more pixels Nancie has to work with the better. There is considerable loss in quality if she has to upscale/enlarge an image.
  • Fill as much of the image with the model as possible. Watch that you do not crop off hands or feet.
  • People can bring more than one photo (Nancie will only work on one but a choice is nice).

(For a much more complete list of photo shoot suggestions and ideas, see the "Just Be Cos.doc" file that is attached at the bottom of this listing.)

  • Try wrapping or draping fabric (you can also try plastic wrap) on yourself/model in an interesting way
  • Wear a long coat, cape or skirt
  • Posing suggestions: shoot from behind, leaning against a wall, crouching down, walking away from the camera looking back over shoulder, etc.
  • It is better if the models body isn't facing the camera directly, turn the body slightly away from the camera. Shots can be taken from different perspectives and angles. Get a friend to help.
  • Try looking in different directions: into the camera lens is more aggressive/invasive/dynamic, looking into the distance is mysterious, looking at something closer is more personal and involves the viewer.
  • Shoot from the side or from any unusual angles such as "worm's eye view" (from below) or "bird's eye view" (from above). 
  • Lie on your stomach on a chair, pretend you are flying. Or lie on your back on the chair and bend backwards, pretend you are being drawn up by a cord in your middle, gives a levitating effect.
  • Reach for something. Up, down, reaching out to pick up something, climbing a rope.
  • Use a prop - Prop suggestions: wands, walking sticks, bowls, crystal balls, musical instruments, swords, reading a book or carrying a pile of books, puppets, dolls, marionettes ...etc.

(FINAL NOTE: if Nancie is in the middle of someone's image when the workshop ends she will do my best to complete it by the end of VCON so they can take it home with them.) 

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Nancie Green

I am a digital artist, photographer and photo manipulator. I love to talk about photography, photoshop, books, movies and travel.

Saturday October 28, 2017 14:30 - 16:20
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