Going 'Old School'

January 08, 2014  •  2 Comments

A new project......

 

 

IMG_0104bCanon 300 Stepping into the unknown with film

 

 

 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!

Day one!

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!!!

 


Comments

TMCPHOTOGRAPHS.CO.UK
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Walter! I hadn't even thought about developing and printing y own film, I think I will see if I can get any decent images first....who knows this could be the start of another project?!
walter hampson(non-registered)
I wish you joy in this venture and look forward to reading more of your venture. Myself, I'll not go back to film, whilst I enjoy photography I was unable to develop my own films and had to rely on commercial developers. I gave up photography until 2004/5 when I got my first 2 megapixel digital camera. Looking forward to your results. Are you developing and printing your film?
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