We discussed several issues including photography etiquette, so ask before you shoot and always show them the photos when asked, something that seasoned convention togs do as a matter of course, but may not be familiar to everyone.
The littering problem around the ExCel was brought up, which is always going to be an issue with an event that size and you’re never going to eliminate it completely, but we can all do our bit to minimize it.
Of course the issue that did get a lot of discussion were the new rules about photography, I say new, these rules have always existed but now they have been put into print. I must admit it is good to have the rules in writing as back in May the rules were rather randomly enforced and no one really knew what they were. Now it's pretty clear, no lighting stands and all equipment has to be held by the photographer, oh and you can't get around the rule by getting someone to hold the lights for you as that's not allowed either (and it would defeat the point of having the ruling). In addition, possession of a Press Pass doesn't grant you any special privileges either.
It's not all doom and gloom though as there was talk of setting up a shooting area for photographers at future conventions, not in time for this October's MCM London though.
So it all begs the question of what photography will look like at future MCM conventions, the photos certainly won't be as good as images taken with off camera flash (in my opinion) but maybe that's the idea. I do understand that they don't want us to compete with those that pay a lot of cash to set up photography booths in the convention hall. It will be interesting to see how photographers interpret these rules and if some mild 'bending' of the rules will be seen at London in October. I mean, hand held is open to interpretation... You could hold a flash on a boom which would be within the rules, but outside of the spirit of the rules. Such rule bending is likely to see the rules tightened further, which is my concern.
So, after much thought I will still be going to MCM London, if not just to hang out, have a good time and catch up with cosplayers and photographers. I'm sure there'll be much discussion on the ground. Hey, if all else fails, there's always video...