This is a rant.
I have been in active photography for seven years. Forget the four I spent in the dark room developing black and white film in school. That was a joke. Forget the day I went for a serious corporate shoot as a beginner with only one battery and the climax of the event was at around 7 pm (I had been shooting all afternoon). Forget my first event that I went to cover and I only carried a 70-300 zoom lens, only to realize I have to stand 20 meters away to do a group photo!
Then came the 13 megapixel Sony point-and-shoot cameras, plus other little flap phones that had only one camera on 3-5 megapixel. And everyone started photography. That’s where the rain started beating us. As a photographer, it has been an unending pain having to compete with guests at events taking over ‘my job’.
And now we have the iPhone that some claim is now the ‘world’s most popular camera’. Because of the millions of users in the US, its ease of use, and social network upload functionalities. What shall we do, when that gadget could have more clicks floating on the ‘cloud’ more that your 150k Nikon? I don’t care. All those smart devices call for a new bill to be tabled in our parliament- a bill to ban use of mobile phones and tablets at weddings, funerals and other events- as long as the organizers have official photographers.
Forget being an official photographer if one of your client’s aunties will give her four year old son the S4 to record VIDEO! And the poor kid does not know what to do when. I even witnessed a small girl lie down on the floor at a reception dance and get carried away, and the Kayamba MC cum soloist almost walked over her. It is even more complicated when some of the couple’s parents at weddings have a camera or a a smart phone.. taking pictures at the son’s wedding from the front line.
I guess we all know Emmy Kosgei’s wedding broke the record. The flamboyant brothers from Naija had to capture every moment. I was lucky to catch the wedding show and saw this guy right in front of the cameras as our songbird exchanged her vows with the man of the cloth. What was going through his head?
What will you do?
Break the iPad?