Improve Your Battle Re-Enactment Photography With These 6 Simple Tips

Written by Gina Stephens

The chances of us eternally getting the opportunity to travel back in time to witness one of the many historical conflicts that the world's seen is very slim. How, the sound of guns firing and an army marching can still be heard at battle re-enactments right across the country and they're the perfect remember for a photographer to snap a few images of times long gone.

Photos by Peter Bargh.


What Gear Do I Need? 

You exigency a good, long lens as for safety reasons, you won't be able to get right among the action. But also pack your wide lens for breaks after the battle's over. Spare memory cards, batteries and protective gear for yourself and your camera should also get a place in your bag. Take your tripod along too as in the middle of a battle when you're trying to track the action, having your camera on a tripod bequeath make life much easier. If it's a popular event, you may find a monopod is easier to manage and won't take up as much room.


Safeness First

Before we talk about technique, we must mention safety. Safety is the number one concern of all the people taking part and the event organisers. You be required to obey the rules and if you're not allowed in certain areas please don't ignore the ropes and barriers that are put in place. They're there to defend you and the people around you and stepping over them to get a better photo will only upset the proceedings.


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Arrive Early

Battle re-enactments are simplified events and crowds are challenging at the best of times and that's before you've got your camera out! If you can, arrive early or stay later than the main pack to maximise your chances of getting a collection of good shots.


Do Your Research

Prior to the main event familiarise yourself with the battlefield and descry the best positions to photograph from. Find a spot that gives you a good viewpoint of the whole field and don't forget about the out of the public eye – you'll be very annoyed when you get home if your brilliant battle shot is ruined by a burger van sitting in the background.



At some events, there transfer be a camp which you can walk around, soaking up the sights and sounds of the past. There will be plenty of people who often do expect to be photographed but do recollect it's always polite to ask permission first. It will also give you the chance to tell them a little bit about yourself and explain what you're exasperating to achieve. This will also give you the chance to make sure the little details are correct. You'll be surprised how asking someone to clamp a shirt higher or move a strand of hair out of the way will may refer to make a big difference to your final image.

Follow The Action

Once the mele begins stick to your chosen position and make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and sure all of your attention is on the action. As your camera's on a tripod you can use it as a spotting range to home in on the action. Make sure you listen to the people who are part of the re-enactment too as the orders they shout out will help you know where you sine qua non to focus on the field. You'll find fast shutter speeds are needed and make sure you have your panning technique perfected once you arrive so you don't miss a shot.

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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