On of the things I have figured out after looking at the photographs I made at the Paramount Theatre yesterday is that I was running up a pretty steep learning curve.
I can’t help but wonder if I would have had more success if I’d taken a couple of minutes, now and then during the session, to upload the images I’d made to my laptop and take a look at them on a larger screen (larger, that is, than the itty bitty screen on the back of the camera). It wouldn’t have been hard – all I needed to do was bring the laptop and a card reader. Alas, I had decided NOT to bring the laptop (although Bill brought his MacBook Air).
Every single exposure I made inside the theater was made using a tripod. Working with the camera tethered to the laptop would have made moving the rig around hard. But I do wonder if it would be possible to hook up a small video monitor – say, 3″ x 6″ – and have it function as a very large version of the rear display of the camera. Or at least be able to review the images on a larger screen that would nevertheless be smaller and lighter than my macbook pro.
Or perhap tether the camera wirelessly. Bill had some thoughts on how to set that up using USB and some wireless USB dongles.
But it would move the whole process considerably closer to using large format Polaroid film, where you get to see a big image more or less as you make the exposures. Closing the feedback loop in this way can make a huge difference.