Editing a set of wedding photos late last night. I couldn’t help noticing one of the shots of the bride and groom walking back from the alter about to leave the church. Pretty big moment when the newly married couple are greeted by their parents, family and friends. In this shot however, only the parents of our newly married couple are going to greet them. Siblings and others are all to busy reviewing their photos. Everyone of them looking intently at their respective little monitors glowing in the dark. Don’t get me wrong. I think taking photographs of a special event is great. More people should do it. Photos are after all, the one tangible record of the event the will endure for years to come. And should hopefully be triggers for many fond memories for decades.
My only concern is that we are starting to miss the moment. So concerned are we with checking our instant little masterpiece, nestled right there in the palms of our hands. That we forget that the event is still going on. In this case our couple pasted on by without even one of there respective siblings even glancing up to them. No congratulations, no hugs, no good wishes, not even a knowing smile. Just because all where preoccupied with checking their recently created digital photos. I just feel that sometimes, maybe it is better to just take the picture and rejoin the moment. Take part in life, don’t waste it checking to see that you’ve recorded the moment. Plenty of time later for reviewing your artistry.
In the trade we often refer to the habit of reviewing every shot taken on the little LCD as “Chimping” Look at a bunch of photographers checking their monitors from behind and I think you’ll see why. And before anyone says but we see you do it often at weddings. Sorry but you don’t. The back screen on our cameras are rarely setup to show the picture. Most times, our monitors are set to show a historgram, which is a graphical way for me to quickly check how the camera is performing technically. Same screen is also used to display camera setup menus. My philosophy is that once I’ve pressed the shutter release that picture is over. All my efforts are now focused (get it) on the next shot.