If you cosplay, you're likely to find photos of yourself online after a convention. In some you'll look just awful and wish they had never been taken let alone posted on the web. Others however you'll like so much you'll deeply regret that they weren't taken in a better location that supported a character-themed backdrop instead of just a bland hotel lobby.
Such was the case with photo I found of myself on Flickr taken by ThetaSigma: [link]
Not only did I really like the pose I managed to strike it was also expertly taken in such a way as to remain crisp & clear; something the day-glow orange of the suit doesn't always allow. I just wished it been taken down a moody, Who-themed corridor! So why not "make it so?" (Wait that's a Star Trek line isn't it?)
After buying a corridor image from iStockphoto & just playing around for a few minutes in Photoshop I think I managed some pretty good results and gained a renewed faith that generic convention-setting photographs, if shot well, can be manipulated into the kind of themed-portrait you're looking for.
I uploaded a set of progression steps from my Photoshop sessions to my scraps if you want to take a look at the process from start to finish: [link]
I know it's getting to be overkill on all the Doctor Who pics at this point but this one struck me as having come out really well, took only 20 minutes of leisure time to make, and it seemed like a fun way to commemorate my "Best in Show" win for this costume.Check out the rest of ThetaSigma's Photography on his Flickr account here: [link]