I'm not sure I understand what is being asked. While I do agree that some ppl go overboard with their cameras, I don't really think of recording as bad. Just as you have said that you never go to church without your hat, some don't go without some sort of recording device. Often times to analyze and further study the message being spoken.
That being said, your story reminded of something that happened at our church last year. We were going to participate in the emblems when a lady stormed into the pastors office. I was deacon that day so I went to check what was wrong. The lady was upset, like REALLY upset. Why? Because someone took her usual spot on the bench. She considered the act disrespectful and said that she could not even concentrate on the pastor's words afterwards.
See something we let little things get in the way of the message. I'm sure that neither the person who took her spot, nor your camera woman meant to cause anyone a distraction.
Daniel you agree with John that I was naughty not to have taken my hat off in church to allow somene to take pictures. Quite interesting indeed.
True true Daniel!!!
the easiest solution would be also to move to the side for a few seconds for the picture to be taken!
If only we could all be considerate of one another.
Blocking peoples view of the pastor and the proceedings of church to me seem or appear to be inconsiderate.
Wearing a hat is not required. But it is required to allow people to see in church.
This is the heart of the matter. Yes, photos may be considered optional. But if one can't take a photo ... then most likely one can't see the proceedings.