First off, the woman in black is Wendy. My God My God, what a fantastic face to photograph. She, like so many others, "claimed" that she doesn't photograph well. *Sigh* I hate Hollywood and fashion magazine. They have so many beautful women convinced that they aren't drop dead gorgeous. It's my job, as a photographer, to prove them wrong. It' such the win-win situation. I get to photograph beautiful women, and they get beautiful photographs of themselves.
I learned that if you follow the PC's in such a game, you get lots of talking heads. Great for portraits!!! Unfortunately, you tend to get battle scenes from behind, so you get great expressions from theh NPC's, but not the players.
I learned that if you follow the NPC's, you get lots of behind-the-scenes photos, easy access to battles, and you get to photograph the players face-on as they advance for the fight.
The fight photos are hard. The best place to be is in the middle of the action. The best way to screw up safe play is to be in the middle of the action. The best way to disturb the fight is to be in the middle. Still, the BEST fight photos were from being in the middle of the fight. I could take photos from the side, but I needed far more megapixels and even more speed. With time, I can learn to take those pics.
The light was challenging. The day was perfectly clear. The sun was intense. It was often impossible to not get a picture with burned out pixels or overly-dark darks. I really don't know what to do about that. Learn, I guess.
Many players were good with the photographs. Some were unhappy as I broke the mood or otherwise poked at some preference. I don't think there's a win there. Next time, I would dress more NPCish.
I would also create a character for night-time, when there's not much to photograph anyway. I wound up being a spare flashlight for the night-time tromps. I figure a porter or a lantern bearer would be handy. Safety, desireablilty to other groups, and my own light to take pictures with. It's a win-win-win.
I hope folks love the pictures. I conciously attempted to take as many portraits as possible. Many didn't work, as I have this damned unsteady hand and wound up with too man blurry pictures. Still, I hope that I got a good variety of folks.