Sadly in Germany there aren’t many photostudios equipped with special furniture’s or special settings.
We still gave it a try and could find a few ones, which are offering furnitured or special locations for photoshootings.
Of course the standard in Germany is compared to Japan quite low but luckly there are still some, which are worth a visit.
This time we tried out the Uwe Lammer photostudio in Wuppertal.
Uwe Lammer offers 2 different studios. Each studio has several different but unique settings.
We decided to book studio 1 which included:
|A living room setting
|A Lost place setting
|Black/ Grey/ White background setting
|A Rain setting
|Changing corner with a mirror
Also a fog machine was included. The studio also offers a light equipment rental.
Unlike to Japanese studios you have a lot of place.
It is less cramped and you have enough room for your light setting. It is also a one costumer only studio. You don’t have to share your space and can take pictures without getting disturbed by other costumers.
The rain set:
The rain set is approximally about 3 x 6 meter and features 3-4 different types of rain “shape”.
During the rain shoot, the owner Uwe will assist you and control the rain and fog machine (if you also want to use the fog machine). He can give you a lot of good advices and is a really nice guy.
You just tell him which water you need and if its too cold or too warm.
It was really helpful to have him, because we made pictures without an assistance and it was really comfortable to have someone around who controlled the water.
What you should know:
It would be very slippery and shoes can damage the ground surface easily.
But the mats are quite big so it wasn’t a major problem.
After only a few shots, I had a sea in my shoes and I was drowned in water.
If you go there, bring enough towels, changing cloths and shoes.
If you have parts or wig stylings which are not fit to get wet, don’t use them.
Its not like a slight rain, its like jumping into the sea and going diving for a while…
Also be careful and use water proof makeup, so it wont smudge during the shoot.
If you want to avoid looking shiny during the shoot, try to use a make up which has a good matt effect.
Uwe also told us, that the shoot is mostly over if you get water into your eyes. Because it would burn. It seems to be a bigger problem if you wear contacts.
I don’t have this problem, but my Cosplaypartners told me that’s a well known problem.
We shooted about 1 hr per costume. Afterwards I got dry and changed.
I think this was a good timeframe. Because after 1 hour, you are not only reeeaaally wet but also really cold.
Warming up is quite important.
I also want to note, that it can be extremely exhausting.
I am pretty used to jump, run, holding difficult poses. But the water shooting was kind of level up. You have to be careful about the shape of your wig and if you want to do more poses than just standing or sitting around it takes more time than usual to get the perfect shot.
Next to your face and body it is important how you move. Because every movement causes a different shape of water.
It is also more slippery than usual and it gets cold very fast.
I can normally shoot about 15 hours a day with a break between every Cosplay for changing and a 1 hr food break.
I guess with a rain set, 8 hours are my limit.
An advice to the photographers:
We used Meermiaus equipment and plastic bags to protect them.
Be prepared that you equipment might get wet.
Just be aware you will be very very wet!
Name: Uwe Lammer Mietstudio
Adresse: Scheffelstraße 33; 42327 Wuppertal