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Making good costumes isn't easy and neither is taking good cosplay photos. Like a fashion or a movie shoot, there is behind-the-scenes magic that goes into bringing the cosplay to life.

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As pointed out by Japanese site Kinisoku, recently some cosplayers have been sharing peeks at how they brought their pics to life.

For example, cosplayer Honey-poppo showed off the above pic, titled "Cosplayers on the internet."

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Then, she titled this photo, "Cosplayers in reality." These images were retweeted over three thousand times.

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Online, some were surprised that this was what an actual cosplay shoot looked like and thought the contrast between the finished photo and the on-location image was interesting. You can really see where the skill of the cosplayers and photographers comes into play! This will be a familiar sight to anyone who's ever been involved in a photo or film shoot.

Others also shared similar photos, giving insight to how they create cosplay images:

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This is somewhat reminiscent of images that popped up last year, showing things that cosplayers often deal with during shoots.

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Recently, a new hashtag even appeared to show pictures before they they go through Photoshop or digital editing (#レイヤーの加工前加工後の写真比較が見たい).

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