The answer is yes. In some circumstances you can do both, but chances are you’re bound to look (and feel) a little silly doing it.
Truth be known, the very capable Shawn Rocco had my back on stills when this photo was taken during a recent Hillary Clinton event. I was just there taking pot shots with a 400mm from the back of the room. My primary responsibility was working the video cam and babysitting a live stream.
There have been more than a few situations when I’ve been called upon to do both stills and video. On deadline work, there’s no doubt that you have to make some compromises. Both products tend to suffer a bit.
Doing both is something akin to three-demesional visual gymnastics. The process will definitely raise your blood pressure a few notches. If given ample time the task is not only possible, it can feel downright empowering.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gov. Mike Easley tour the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at N.C. State prior to Gov. Easley’s endorsement of Sen. Clinton for the democratic presidential nominee. (Staff photo by Travis Long)
On another note: Check out some of Shawn’s crazy cell phone photos from the primary.