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Photo Update: Batman Who Laughs by Erik Jaworski


This shoot initially started out with my building’s storage facility in the basement. It was dark and creepy area, with a long corridor of lockers. I wanted to do a horror style shoot in this part of the building. Jordan recommend his Batman Who Laughs, and I agreed to do the shoot. Ever since the Batman Metal comic series came out, the Batman Who Laughs has always been a cosplay I’ve wanted to shoot. Thankfully I meet Jordan at C2E2 2018 dressed as the character. This was our first photoshoot together.

We first started with a quick shoot in my studio. Getting a few shoots with a few different lighting backgrounds, from the simple grey to the harsh red. Once we were done, we made our way down to the basement storage facility. Now this basement storage was a great perfect location, with the old bricks and the surrounding cages. The only issue was the storage facility light switch is on a timer, and it gets pitch black when lights are off. Thankfully I brought my battery powered Astera tubes, which not only provide general light to see but I could also light the subject without having to worry about gels or a power outlet. With those factors removed, it helped make the shooting location very easy and get great photos.

Overall, it was a great shoot. It was great finally shooting this character along with testing out my Astera tubes on location.

Photographer: Erik Jaworski

Cosplayer: Jordan D.

Location: Shark’s Den & University Commons


Con Alt Delete Summary by Erik Jaworski

My last con for 2018, Con Alt Delete. This was my first time attending Con Alt Delete, so I didn’t know what to expect. I tried to attend this con last year, but I was so busy with the holiday season. Not to mention there was only had 1 unpaid shoot planned, so it didn’t seem worth the trouble to attend that one day. However this year, I attended all 3 days, and was pretty booked the entire weekend. My total number was 15 shoots, and 8 of them were Christmas themed.

At first, I was worried about the weather. I never shoot at a con during winter since C2E2. I was my sure if we were going to get cold temperatures and snowstorms. However there were clear skies and the temperature was at a comfortable 40 degree weather. Most of my shoots were comfortable shooting outside, but there were some cosplays not suitable for the cool outdoor weather. 

Another challenge I found was not only finding different inside locations, but also trying to find different Christmas locations. The Hyatt didn’t provide any Christmas decorations, and I didn’t want to use a normal location for these holiday shoots. There was a good Christmas setup at Rosemont Convention Center entrance. It had Christmas trees, lighted water fountains, and nice red/green lighting. So I used this location for my Christmas shoots  

Overall, it was a successful weekend. Considering it was a ‘small’ con, there was a lot of activity and great cosplays. Photos from the lobby are listed below. Can’t wait to see what new and old clients I’ll have at Con Alt Delete next year.

Since this is my first con summary post, I thought it would be good to include some interesting stats that I’ve pulled up during the con.  

Con Alt Delete Stats

- Days: 3

- Photoshoots: 15 (8 Xmas Themed) 

  • Photoshoot Time: 405 Minutes

- Photos Taken: 2,192 Photos

  • Photos Narrowed: 670 Photos

  • Photo Requested: 146 Photo

- Steps Walked: 36,443 Steps