Subtitled How to Act in Front of a Camera, Treat Photographers, Not be a Tool on Facebook Once All the Photos are Posted, and Enjoy the Dagorhir Photographical Experience. Based on my observations over the past 2.5 years.
I've got opinions galore on how to operate while photographing Dag battles, but they are just that: opinions. From a fighter's point of view, here are my friendly suggestions.
Whether you're a pro or using an old iPhone, please share your photos online in a friendly way that allows tagging, sharing, and commenting. Post a link to the album on the Dag boards or event facebook page so that people who don't follow or know you will find them.
Dagorhir Battle Games Association is, I'm pretty sure, 100% composed of volunteers (someone please correct me if I am wrong). Thus, I find charging for Dagorhir pictures rather distasteful. Just a very strong opinion of mine.
On the battlefield:
Don't worry about getting in my way! I will work around you all. Sometimes I think it looks cool when someone crosses in front of my subject and I get some nice blurry foreground action.
Conversely, please don't run over me. Photographers are people, too.
It is completely okay to ask me to take a quick photo of you or your group. I rather enjoy doing this.
If I start yelling 'edge of the world,' it's usually because a herald asked me to. Hurray multitasking!
I love when people randomly strike a pose in front of me and ham it up. Don't be camera-shy.
On the Internet:
Credit the photographer. Many, many thanks to those that consistently appreciate and credit my work when used for cover or profile photos. For those of you that are unaware, it's really easy to link to my photo page in your photo description on Facebook.
If you liked my page, just start typing 'Jenna M. Miller Photography,' and you should be able to select my page from the menu.
If you haven't liked my page, type an @ in front of 'Jenna M. Miller Photography,' and it should appear.
I get numerous complaints, though I know most of them are light-hearted. 'There aren't any action shots of me.' 'I look derpy.'
Most action shots involve really unflattering facial expressions that you wouldn't be happy with either.
I try to photograph a lot of different people. Intentionally getting action shots involves focusing in one particular subject for a relatively long time, until they make a move of some sort. I do this sometimes, yes, but I can't get everyone.
Dagorhir involves more inactivity than you may think. I've seen a few comments on fighting videos about how 'man it looks like we just stand around a lot.' It may not feel that way when you're in battle, but that's how it looks sometimes.
If you look derpy in your photo, well, that is how you look. Just own it.
I take Brandon Stanton's stance on photo comments. If your comments attack the subject of the photo in any way, I will take steps to remove your comments and block you from my page. If you want to be uncivil on the Dagorhir boards and use one of my photos as an example to fuel a rage-filled debate about bad garb or rhino-hiding or whatever, that's fine, but on my page, there will be order!
It's generally considered bad manners to re-edit a photographer's pictures (and technically it's copyright infringement), like by applying a filter or cropping. Cropping I understand, sometimes with profile photos it's necessary. If you really want to go to town on one of my Dagorhir photos, I'm totally fine with that, but please credit properly. E.g., 'original photo: Jenna M. Miller Photography; new edit: Me.' Other photographers will have different policies regarding re-editing; don't be afraid to ask them about it.
I had an amazing time at Winter War this past weekend, my first campout away from Aratari and my Homeland Gesties. Thank you everyone for the kind words, and I will continue to photograph you derping on the field for many battles to come.