Don't Look Back; Just Keep Shooting!
Emotions ran high, tears shed, laughter ensued. We all hugged and patted each other on the back; thanked all the volunteers, of course. The candidate whose campaign my wife and I helped manage won her re-election bid for CT state representative, and it was time to party. A reporter and photojournalist showed up to cover the event.
Of course, being a student of photography myself, I almost always had my eye, at least peripherally, on the young budding photojournalist hired to capture the mood of the evening. Unfortunately, I knew she missed much of the occasion.
It seemed most of the time she was looking at the back of her spiffy Nikon dSLR, reviewing her latest shot, while the events of the night unfolded.
A professional photojournalist who knows his or her camera and the basic fundamentals of photography should never have to do this (with perhaps the exception of a test shot or two before the event—if time allows).
This is a bad habit young photojournalists need to be aware of. They need to live in the present at all times, ready to capture the next moment. They can't be pre-occupied with what's already happened or be satisfied with it.
If it's the past they want to revisit, then I suggest they use a film camera.