Photographer of the Month #16! - Zakane

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If you missed last month's interview with Jencus you can read it here:

This month we introduce you to the flash lover Zakane. Started off as a cosplayer but now he enjoys and appreciates cosplay photography as a hobby, check him out!

KWC: Introduce yourself, what's your name, age and what do you do?
Zakane: Hi, I am Zakane from Singapore.  I am 26 this year, a student currently doing bachelor in mechanical engineering.

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家庭教師ヒットマンReborn! Katekyō Hittoman Ribōn!
入江正一 Irie Shōichi CN: Lemon Yao

KWC: What is your favorite game/manga/anime/comic/movie?
Zakane: I haven't been playing videos games for quite some years. I do watch/read a mix of manga and anime and my current favourates are One Piece, Kuroko no Basket, Full Metal Alchemist, Gintama, Daily lives of High School Boys, Soul Eater, Avatar, and many more.

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銀魂 Gintama
猿飛 あやめ Sarutobi Ayame CN: 虞尘 yuchen

KWC: What about favorite characters?
Zakane: Sougo Okita and Kagura from Gintama. I love the dynamics of this pair.

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葉月 渚 Hazuki Nagisa CN: Kohaku Isanawkwardhedgehog
竜ヶ崎 怜 Ryūgazaki Rei CN: Yosuke Sora

KWC: What's your dream photoshoot?
Zakane: I would love to do a Fatal Frame shoot. I love dark theme type of shoot but sadly, it is not easy to find cosplayers in Singapore that would be interested in these type of shoots.

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カードキャプターさくら Cardcaptor Sakura
木之本 さくら Kinomoto Sakura CN: Miharu Komuro

KWC: Do you have some favourite photographers or a role model?
Zakane: There is a huge list of photographers that I look up to as i like to pick up good ideas and skills from other photographers and try them on my own shoot. Photographers that I learn the most from includes Calvin Cos Shots, Jencus photography, Fringe&Film and Vivid+ Photography

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NARUTO−ナルト− 疾風伝 Naruto Shippūden
うずまきナルト Uzumaki Naruto CN: Allen Neo

KWC: Who's your favorite cosplayer? Anyone you'd love to photograph?
Zakane: My favorite cosplayer would be Linda le, aka Vampy. she chooses charactors that suits her really well and she also portrays them accurately. And of course, she is the one whom I would love to photograph the most.

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君に届け Kimi ni Todoke
黒沼爽子 Kuronuma Sawako & 風早翔太 Kazehaya Shōta CN:  Kaoru LovedieAlice & Valerie Teo / Shirosaki Cosplay

KWC: How did you get interested in cosplay photography?
Zakane: I started as a cosplayer myself and love to attend events with a group of fellow cosplayers. Most of the time I would volunteer to take photos during the events. I got the interest in shooting, bought a new compact camera and started asking my group mates for private shoots. Soon after, I start to get shoot request and became more active in doing photoshoots. I got interested in flash photography and upgraded to a DSLR about half a year ago. From then, I started to cosplay less and focus more on cosplay photography instead.

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パンティ&ストッキングwithガーターベルト Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
ストッキング Stocking CN: Tsugumi Val & Arisa

KWC: Why did you choose that artistic name?
Zakane: I created this name many years ago when I was playing a MMORPG game. I got used to having people calling me by this name and so I decided to keep using it. Although the Japanese pronounciation is Za-ka-ne, It is actually pronounced as Za-Kane.

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狡噛 慎也 Kōgami Shin'ya CN: Archer King
槙島 聖護 Makishima Shogo CN: Kousuke Akira

KWC: What's your favorite photo taken by you so far?
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伊藤 潤二 Itō Junji
富江 Tomie CN: Karai Reiko

Zakane: As mentioned previously, I love to do dark theme type of shoots. I was very glad to get a shoot request for this character. I enjoyed the whole process of planning and the shoot itself, and was very satisfied with the result.

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進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin
サシャ・ブラウス Sasha Braus CN: Azure 紺碧

KWC: Are you comfortable with the way you are right now or is there anything you would like to improve about yourself as a photographer?
Zakane: I am quite comfortable with the current way of how I do shoots, but I have always been trying improve myself, especially in using flash for indoor and night shoots.

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フェアリーテイル Fairy Tail
ヒビキ・レイティス Hibiki Reitisu CN: Sochii Kamiya

KWC: Do you shoot for free?
Zakane: Yes I do. I enjoy cosplay photography as a hobby and I believe that if money is involved, I will see it as a job and lose the fun in it.

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千本桜 Senbonzakura - ボーカロイド VOCALOID
初音ミク Hatsune Miku CN: Ototsuki Himeji

KWC: Is there any important lesson you have learned since you started cosplay photography?
Zakane: I learned the importance of communication. It is very important to be able to properly explain the scenes that I would like to portray to the cosplayers. If they do not completely understand the concept that I am trying to do, it would take a long time to get the right feel for the shot.

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うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ Uta no☆Prince-sama♪
七海 春歌 Nanami Haruka CN: Akari XOnpu

KWC: What's your opinion on the cosplay community in your country?
Zakane: I can see that the cosplay community is growing rapidly in recent years and help is more easily available for newer cosplayers. The standard of cosplayers in Singapore have been improving too.

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ディー・グレイマン D.Gray-man
アレン・ウォーカー Allen Walker CN: Liu Bao Xia

KWC: Do you have anything motivational or advice for the new cosplay photographers out there?
Zakane: Having low end gears does not mean that you can only produce low quality photos. Do not let your equipment limit you. There is always something new out there that you can try with what you have.

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常守 朱 Tsunemori Akane CN: KuromochiHitomi NomsKen

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