Quick Cosplay Tip!
Need to photograph fabric to compare colours, or show someone else what you’ve bought, but your camera just isn’t getting the colour right? Give it a reference point!
Most cameras will judge white balance off of two things: Something white, and/or skin tone.* Stick a sheet of white paper to the side of your fabric (It needs to be largish so the camera will register, I usually stick it about 1/4-1/3 of the photo frame) when you take your photo, or put your hand or foot in the shot. Bam, your colours will be MUCH closer to reality.**
Remember: ALWAYS TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR FABRIC BEFORE YOU BUY IT. It’s so important to know how something will look under a flash, which is how most of your photos will be taken at con!
Hope this helps!
*Camera processors are still pretty racially programmed so this works best with white skin, but depending on camera and model you may find success if you’re a PoC. Best I can say is trial and error there.
**This does not promise to fix the whole ‘things on my monitor look different than real life’ issue. It just helps.