It's Crazy How Much Work Goes Into A Quality Cosplay Photo

Cosplay by Rainer | Photo by Penry Hoh
Cosplay by Rainer | Photo by Penry Hoh

Instead of just posting some images of Rainerone of the best Final Fantasy cosplayers we’ve ever seen—dressed as FFXIII’s Lightning, let’s instead take a look behind the scenes at just how much fire, lighting, rain and smoke can go into a quality cosplay shoot.


It’s courtesy of Mezame, a photographer from Singapore who went all out here, using a smoke machine, a custom rainmaker and even a machine that shot fire to help set the scene, all of which you can see in the video below:

Or here, in this 360-degree capture showing the shoot:

The end result? Smoke and rain that’s the real deal, making this one hell of a cool cosplay photo:

Cosplay by Rainer | Photo by Mezame
Cosplay by Rainer | Photo by Mezame

You can see more images from the photoshoot (and read an in-depth report on how it all came together) on Mezame’s page.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs

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When your “fan-made” costumes have a crew-size, budget and level of talent exceeding similar work in some professional films, it almost seems like you need a different term for it than cosplay.

Maybe start referring to them as PCCs “Professional Costume Crews”?