Instant Replay

The biggest revelation I had in my transition from photojournalism to commercial photography was on-set proofing.

It involved using instant Polaroid film that integrated with the camera in the form of a separate film holder. All formats had the capability, including my 35mm Canons. I just never knew it existed.

The word instant is a bit of a stretch. Black and white Polaroid took at least a minute to develop. Color stock took twice as long.

The peace of mind that it offered was a godsend until the world changed with digital cameras. Replay became entirely instant, almost to the point of distration.

“Will I get the shot?” has been replaced with “did I get the shot?”

When reviewing the frames from my Nikon at this bronc event in Cody, the answer was unambiguous.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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