A new project......
The last film camera I had and used was a Canon Sureshot around 12 years ago before I discovered the wonderful world of digital 'take as many as you like', I was like a kid in a candy store!
So!!!! Why buy a film SLR now when I have all this technology at my fingertips?
1. A challenge - how will I cope with setting it up for that one shot? Manual settings and focusing?
2. Exciting! - Taking 36 shots and not knowing how they look until I finish the roll and wait for it to be processed, it's like the anticipation of Christmas!
3. Peer pressure....yep, peer pressure!! I know quite a few photographers, all of whom have used and are adept at film work, I feel that if I can master this then I can call myself a 'proper' photographer, I want to learn how to get those perfect shots without the aid of automated settings and editing software, so here goes!
So I have bought the camera Canon 300 - see above photo! I am using Fujifilm AS400, quite honestly because it was the most recommended for a good value price, I should get quite a nice grain to the finished results....apparently!
It took me 3 attempts to load the film...I have a bad feeling about this...........O_o
All loaded up and no 'live view' to reassure me, I set up my (still life) subject and played with the settings until I felt confident I wouldn't get a black screen! Part pressing the shutter down to check the settings without actually taking a shot requires remarkable self control I discovered. When I finally pressed that button down the camera made a wonderful 'Thwunck!' noise followed by the reassuring sound of the film winding on. I took 3 shots before I remembered I only have 33 more to take....I need to think about my usage carefully!!
Results and learning curves to be blogged as I go along!!!