A second photographer on the scene can quietly capture the really interesting stuff while everyone is occupied with the primary photography who is checking off items on the shot list. That's one of the reasons why having two photographers for events is such a good idea. We all know that the best shots aren't always the planned ones.
But there's another variation on this theme -- you filling the role of the second shooter for any life event as it unfolds. For example, your son has picture day lined up for his basketball team. You're not the photographer who has to get the group shot, but you bring your compact camera anyway. After the "primary shoot," you start taking pictures -- candids of the kids playing around, shots with their buddies, individual portraits, and anything else that attracts you eye.
You have become the second shooter for life itself. It's a great role bursting with potential. In this week's show I talk about all the different roles of the second shooter, both formally, such as at a wedding, and informally for everyday life as it happens. I hope you'll find some tips that lead to capturing satisfying images.
About the photo -- I took this picture with a compact Canon SD700 with the fill flash turned on. I'm sure the formal team shot will be very nice, but this image of friends interacting has such nice energy...
Listen to the Podcast
Now that I've piqued your curiosity, it's time to listen to today's audio show titled, "The Second Shooter." You can download the podcast here (28 minutes).
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