From film to digital: concert photography
I was taking pictures at the Bell X1 show that we went to at The Plaza last week [mbv], and I realized that it was the first time that I had been at a show with the powers of an official photographer since I've switched from film to digital. Which says a lot both about how long it's gone since I've had a photographer's pass, and also how quickly the world has moved from film to digital.
I used to feel bad about how many photographic fuck ups I made while covering concerts, until I saw some professional photographers running through an easy dozen rolls of films per song. The fact that I spent $50 on film and development might have hurt my wallet, but seeing what the rest of them use the fact that I could get a few great shots from that was a nice ego boost.
For the Bell X1 show I ran through about 500 shots easy, most of which spent about five minutes in iPhoto before getting deleted. The bulk of those were either out of focus, blurry or just plain terrible. Then I ran through those that were left and cut them down to just the best ones, the ones that if I had a page to fill I'd be happy using and those were the ones that made it to Flickr [fkr], which according ot Lydia was way too many.
The one legacy I have from the film era is a few photo albums of pictures in storage that need scanning in, so that I can get them onto Flickr.
Edit: The first two pictures in the slide show above are actually from my film camera and were scanned in. The rest were from various digital cameras including my two Canon Rebels, various cell phones and other smaller digital cameras.