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Etiquette and Protocol


Photo Etiquette - Guests/Actors


  • Certain guests may have policies wherein they charge for snapshots or have exclusive deals with professional photographers at the con. Don't be offended if they refuse to take a snapshot with you, or ask for cash first.
  • Some Guests may not want to take pictures in off-hours after they've been in photoshoots and sitting at the Walk of Fame all day. Don't be offended if they refuse to take a picture with you.


Photo Etiquette - Con Attendees

Portions taken from Dementia's "Everything you wanted to know about Dragon*Con" post.


  • Costumers LIKE to be photographed and complimented on their costume; don't be shy, but do be considerate.
  • Ask before taking photos of costumers, it's only polite and there may be people at con who aren't interested in having their photos taken and plastered all over the Internet (it's true!) Don't be offended if they say no. Or they may just be wanting to get to the bathroom ASAP.
  • If you're taking posed shots and plan on posting them in a public gallery, offer your link or contact information to those you took pictures of. Many costumers don't get many pictures of themselves (they're the ones wearing the costume after all), and hunt for pictures of themselves online afterward, or post to forums asking "Did anyone get a picture of me on (day) wearing (costume)?" Make it easy for them, and get more hits on your site!
  • Never touch a costume or the person wearing it without permission. Costumes may be fragile, and its just rude. This includes if you are taking a picture with them. Just cause they may touch you does not mean you can touch them back (i.e. hugging poses). Yes this includes men/women in skimpy outfits. And just because they may give your permission, doesn't mean they're in love with you.
  • Costumers range from the skill level of poor amateurs to people with professional costuming experience in the movies. Don't be an ass and ridicule a "bad" costume, especially if its just a kid.
  • Be mindful of other photographers.
  • Take your picture or pictures (if you have a motor driven camera or one messed up) and step aside.
  • There are designated "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" areas. They are there for a reason. Security may tell you to move. Don't get angry with them, they're just trying to keep everyone safe.


Showing Off Your Photos

What good are Dragon*Con photos if you're not going to show them off? And how are people going to find them?


Your best bet is to carefully tag your photos and put them in an online gallery. There are several gallery sites that are both free and popular amongst DC attendees.

  • Flickr.com offers easy tagging and organizing, but the free account only allows 100mb of upload a month. A Pro account is unlimited in that regard.
  • Photobucket.com is a little less helpful with the organizing, but the free accounts aren't as restrictive and it allows for better video uploading.
  • Picasa is a Google application that allows for uploading to their web galleries.
  • etc



If you intend for you photos to be shared, be sure you tag them with the common 'dragoncon' tag. On the major web gallery sites this means your pictures can be searched by that tag so plenty of other people will be able to view your shutterbuggery. It's also recommended that you included the year as a separate tag, and you also might want to include the day and a subject tag, IE. celebrity or costume or another_dude_having_his_ass_kicked_by_ray_park.


Official Photo Galleries (D*C Website):


Official photo galleries can be found here: http://photos.dragoncon.org/main.php 


Fan Galleries:


For fan photo galleries, please visit the Fan Photo Galleries page or visit the dragoncon_photo LiveJournal community.


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