Many years ago, an automotive journalist invited me to join him for a photo shoot. I showed up with my camera and a couple of rolls of film. He showed up with his camera and a giant garbage bag full of rolls of film. He told me he’d noticed that the difference between the professional and amateur photographers he worked with was the fact that the professionals were not afraid to burn a lot of film to get what they needed. After all, he pointed out, the client was paying for the film.
Now, before you start lecturing me about shot discipline, let me just tell you: I’m not listening. I’m working on shot discipline all the time, but the subjects I photograph – mainly birds and people – move. I have to shoot in burst mode in hopes of catching the moment, and digital lets me do that without going broke or second guessing each trip of the shutter. I call this the premier blog for lazy, disorganized, impatient photographers, and digital makes our very existence possible.
Plus, I don’t have to work in the darkroom anymore. In fact, I processed the photos in this post while eating berry pie and drinking coffee. Hail to digital photography!