11.03.16: Just keep snapping
KNOW WHAT this is? Really…some of you may be young enough that you don’t know film. This is 35 mm film, and we used to load it in tiny canisters and put it in film cameras. Then we’d take photos with the camera, bring the film back to the office, process it with chemicals and use it to create the photos we ran in our newspapers.
I’m trying not to be facetious here. There are actually some of us old enough to remember this as a camera:
For years, the Nixon F was the mainstay news camera at newspapers.
Nowadays, the camera you use to shoot news and sports photos may look more like this small point-and-shoot model:
Or, it may be the camera in your cell phone:
If you want a camera that gives you much more accuracy and capability, your publisher may spring for something like this Nikon D90:
The point is, all of today’s news cameras are digital. That’s the key word: Digital. As in…no film.
When we used film, some publishers would remind us: “Film costs. Chemicals to process film cost. We need to keep those costs under control. Be careful what you shoot. Don’t overshoot. Don’t waste film!”
The Hot Shots entry in this week’s blog has a note from Jonathan Vickery, who shot the photos there:
“It was definitely an exciting – and little scary – moment, but I kept snapping as it happened.”
That’s the point: Just keep snapping. With digital cameras, there are no film costs involved because there’s no film. There’s no need to limit yourself to shooting four or five photos, when you can shoot dozens just by holding a button down. Sure, you may have more photos to go through as you edit down to the two or three you want…but you’re bound to get better choices if you: Just. Keep. Snapping.