Part of the reason I like to photograph Dagorhirrim and larpers is to make the game look good to outsiders. If something looks good, people may be more willing to try it out for themselves, right? I like to make Dagorhir look good, and I want to help you help Dagorhir look good, too.
Let's say you're outside on the field under a shade on a sunny day, and feeling like it's selfie time. Your first inclination may be to take it simply as you are, without moving an inch. Good enough, you may think. But what if I told you that with minimal effort, it's probably possible to improve that selfie.
Midday sunlight is generally difficult to photograph in, so having a shade works to your advantage. I've used my porch to create the same effect below. The trick is, you need to move to the edge of your shade, and face outside of it, towards the light. That's it.
The photos above are me at the edge of my porch, first facing in towards the center of the room, and then facing outwards towards the sunlight. I just rotated 180 degrees and bam, better photo. I understand the term 'better' is subjective, so I suppose I should say my face is more evenly lit and clearer instead of being shadowed. Think of bathroom selfies - they're so popular because the lighting is right over the mirror, in your face, and is relatively flattering.
This is particularly handy if you are under a darker colored shade. If it's lighter in color, it may cast a nice glow on you wherever you are underneath it.
This same rule applies to sitting under a tree or even just next to a building or treeline, or when taking a quick photo of someone else. Face the person being photographed away from these things, towards the light.
There's many exceptions to this rule, like in the example below. See the bright sunlight reflecting off the building behind me in the first photo? Facing towards it creates a more flattering glow than facing directly into the sunlight (which is more or less an awful idea). Light is very complex, but this is one very simple step you can try out! Let me know if you found this helpful.
(It was still a really freaking bright wall. And the struggles of kids with glasses, the glare is our bane!)