If you're looking to start photographing Dagorhir/foam-fighting events (what is Dagorhir, you ask? There's a post for that), or maybe improve your current work, this post is for you.
Last year after Winter War, I posted a few 'duh' sort of tips for both photographers and fighters about interacting with each other. This year, I want to address how to improve the quality of images taken and posted online. You don't need a fancy or expensive camera for these!
1. Don't post every photo you take. I've sifted through albums full of 800 photos where eleven in a row are almost identical, many images are blurry, etc. The point of posting battle photos is to enhance the battle experiences for fighters, so please take on the responsibility of culling.
2. Learn and use manual camera settings. Assuming you have the capability. It will improve all your photos immensely when you understand what the settings are actually doing to the images you take. At the very least, you should understand ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (f-stop).
3. Don't use digital zoom. For you phone-camera or point-and-shoot users who want to get closeups but don't have long lenses... digitally zooming in on your subject will not do you any favors. Instead, just get closer to the action. (Wear a yellow herald tabard if you do.)
4. Try to shoot from a low angle. In cinematography, we're taught that taking photos of someone from a lower angle imparts a sense of power onto the subject. They look taller, stronger, more in control. This is why I usually kneel when photographing battles. That and sometimes there's cars in the background or the bokeh in the tree canopy looks cool.
I hope these help somebody out there. Happy picture-taking!