Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/09/01

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Subject: [Leica] Three modes of photography for the field soldier
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 01:53:36 EDT

I do three modes of photography. Field work. And precision field work when 
it's possible. What's the difference. A tripod. You can do both modes with a 
film or digital still camera.

Most landscapes, architecture, still lifes, night scenes and formal portraits 
can be done with a tripod. Street and event photography can seldom be done 
with a tripod; that is the domain of fast shutter speeds, fast film, fast 
lenses, prefocused camera and a rock steady hand -- if there is such a thing. 

There is a third mode: flash. Flash (blitz) can turn field work into a 
compromised form of precision field work. The flash mode is invaluable for 
poorly lit interiors where mood or ambiance isn't necessary. I use bounce 
whenever possible. 

A tripod is the photographer's rifle. The telephoto lens is his scope. A 
pocket tripod is his sidearm.

The camera is the organic equipment: binoculars and memory. That's where he 
finds and keeps his victories.

How's that for a graphic mnemonic.

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