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06-09-09, 10:26 PM
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In reply to a few comments and Q's......
Simon - I agree with OldBoy to a degree... Most 'moments' have a build up period to capturing the key event. Take the siege on the Iranian Embassy. The cameras were already there and trained on the window ready to shoot as the blast went off. I was at a soldiers funeral last week (seems to be one a week at the moment) and although the key shots only last a few seconds you're already there to capture them. It's during that time that photographers WILL labour over composition, lighting lens choice etc. There's a misconception that news photographers just stumble on stories and great images. That only happens for hard breaking news, which is where I fully agree with OldBoy and image quality is secondary to the photo.
To be fair Ben I wasn't talking about Pro, whether press or freelance, but of ordinary photographers who whilst out with their cameras come upon an event like a fire or crash which is happening before their eyes. In those cases it a question of getting the shot regardless of composition, which was why I suggested having the camera set in auto or program mode, as you wouldn't have time to adjust the camera.
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