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Lord Ashram02 Nov 2017 6:33 a.m. PST

Hey all!

As some of you know, I love taking photos of games being played and the like to put up on the blog… I know lots of people enjoy seeing photos when they themselves cannot go, and I really enjoy actually looking back and remembering the conventions, even years later!

Let me ask; what do you guys think is common etiquette for taking photos of games?

My main thing is just asking if anyone minds. While I would love to be able to scootch papers and cups out of the way, I don't, because that would be I think too intrusive. I try to be careful with the flash when I can be, but if I have to choose between flash or ruined picture, I go with flash:) When I finally publish the photos, I try to cut out any faces of players… not only do people look at the photos for the toys, not the people, but it also feels a little personal?

Anyone have thoughts about photos at conventions?

And I hope folks say hi if you see a scruffy guy with a camera taking photos and talking about how much he loves toy soldiers!

John Michael Priest02 Nov 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

It's ok with me. I do not believe I am on a wanted list.

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 7:24 a.m. PST

I don't mind being photographed, but you'll have to discuss fees with my publicity agent.

TMPWargamerabbit02 Nov 2017 7:55 a.m. PST

I have a sign posted for my tables for all budding photo journalists to click away with the cameras. All photos are welcome. If possible I hand them a business card with my particulars… name, blog address, and a small paragraph cover sheet on what the scenario tabletop is all about.

jdpintex02 Nov 2017 8:28 a.m. PST

No elbowing folks out of the way.

Otherwise snap away.

Although it's always polite to ask someone if they mind their picture being taken.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 8:31 a.m. PST

I always ask.

Dynaman878902 Nov 2017 8:51 a.m. PST

I take photos of everything and don't ask but I focus only on the tables making sure I don't get faces in the picture. Arms and hands are pretty much impossible to keep from appearing.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

I've no problem with anyone taking pictures of my games or even asking for the clutter to be moved to help with the picture composition.

When I take game pictures of,other games, I make sure that I'm not intruding on the game. I like to have people in my pictures of games, but I don't feel that I have to ask permission of the gamers.

Oberlindes Sol LIC02 Nov 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

I like to be asked, and I always ask.

I try not to use a flash in the face of anyone not expecting it. That's usually easy when photographing miniatures and the game table.

I usually don't take pictures of the players when I'm taking pictures of miniatures at a convention. I take pictures for my own inspiration in painting and designing.

TheKing30 Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

Personally I don't like my picture being taken. I really don't enjoy having my picture published anywhere. That being said, if someone wants to take a picture of a game, I'm more than happy to move out of the way.

If someone does take my picture, I usually ask them to delete it – or promise not to publish it on a blog, etc.

foxweasel Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

I always ask, I often get the impression that not many people do ask.

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Very happy for me and whatever game I'm playing or running to be photographed, and if someone wants clutter moved for a better shot then that's fine too

Disco Joe02 Nov 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

I just take photos without asking but I am careful not to get in the gamers way as they are playing.

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

I think asking first is good, but I have no problem with folks taking photos.

JimDuncanUK02 Nov 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

I usually know most of the demonstrating wargamers at the shows I attend (about 10 a year).

I usually say something like 'Hi Guys, smile for the camera'.

I post some of my pictures on my blog which is read by many of these same guys and others who couldn't be there on the day.

Some of them even think it is a mark of honour that they've appeared in one of my blog photos.

I sometimes back up a photo of the game with some close-ups of the figures if there is something worthwhile on the table.

I try to avoid 'wargamers crotch' and 'stray blurry hands'.

Russ Lockwood02 Nov 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

Works for me.

historygamer02 Nov 2017 4:00 p.m. PST

Snap away.

Timbo W02 Nov 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

Oddly ran into problems with this when one of the club members was trying to photograph games at a show they'd organised. The show was held in one of the halls of a sports centre and the sports centre staff told him it was against their rules to take pictures on their premises.

I guess it makes sense to ban potentially shady pics of bathers in skimpy cossies, but I can assure you all the wargamers were dressed!

pvi99th02 Nov 2017 5:33 p.m. PST

I guess it makes sense to ban potentially shady pics of bathers in skimpy cossies, but I can assure you all the wargamers were dressed!

If wargamers in the UK dress anything like some in the US, it might be better not to let anyone see what goes on…

Giles the Zog03 Nov 2017 3:57 a.m. PST

My gaming group runs the "no crotch shot" rule…so we let people know when we are going to take photos of the game.
There's nothing more annoying that a picture of a nice games table, with the back drop of someone's crotch.

So I'd politely ask anyone at a convention if I could take a photo with that in mind.
And ditto for any gaming session I was involved in.

Also, as many of my gaming group inc me, are/were in the defence/security industry, no photos of people's faces. Besides, most of them would scare small children, the nervous of disposition and domestic animals anyway. ;-)

MajorB03 Nov 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

It is worth bearing in mind that as from May 2018, photographs of people will constitute personal information under the GDPR and you will need to ask their permission.

JimDuncanUK03 Nov 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Shouldn't be a problem Major.

A bunch of photographs uploaded onto a cloud service would not be considered sensitive data, for example, unless used for identification purposes think, for instance, of airport security barriers that recognize you from your passport photograph.

MajorB03 Nov 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Shouldn't be a problem Major.
A bunch of photographs uploaded onto a cloud service would not be considered sensitive data, for example, unless used for identification purposes think, for instance, of airport security barriers A bunch of photographs uploaded onto a cloud service would not be considered sensitive data, for example, unless used for identification purposes think, for instance, of airport security barriers that recognize you from your passport photograph.

Sorry to dissillusion you, but notice your quote from
link
says "sensitive data". A photo of a living individual would not be sensitive data but it will still be personal data and therefore subject to GDPR. Note that GDPR distinguishes between personal data and sensitive personal data

Airport security barriers that recognize you from your passport photograph will have to comply with GDPR from May 2018.

JimDuncanUK03 Nov 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

We'll just have to wait and see.

Personal logo jhancock Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

Heaven forbid a game at a naturalist meeting being photographed!!

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

I have to admit, I am a happy snapper, I like to take pics of traders and games, and only ask permission for games, or if the traders look askance at me as the camera is lining up for a shot (this has only happened once!)
I do try not to get punters as I think people are more interested in seeing the games and things on sale than seeing Joe Bloggses!- but this is unavoidable.
I will always delete pics if anyone objects, but to date no one has.
I like to get people looking natural rather than posed, too.

Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 2:04 p.m. PST

If you're standing off to the side and not intruding into the game space, not interrupting players or the game master, or are taking a quick snap from an empty spot around the table, no problem.

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