Film Photography – A Great Place to Start
Recently, a good friend of mine Todor Ostojic asked for advice on what SLR would recommend for him to learn the basics of film photography using the 70s and 80s kit. His reason was that he felt he Had somehow “cheated” their way into digital photography going straight.
Some of the cameras I talked about were the SLR as a teenage rookie with no money in photography in the 1970s and early 1980s like the Canon A1 or AE-1 program, the robust Olympus OM- 1, OM-2 and OM-10 with a soft hand adapter, which is connected to the camera side. Then there was the Nikon FM range solid and reliable.
Although I think digital photography still presents a challenge and still requires the same skills to pull a big picture, I agree that nothing beats the curve learning photography school cinema that lasted more than one century. I speak:
Manual control of the instrument with most basic measuring functions
The ability to load a movie into the camera in the dark so that you get a shot or two
The patience required for each shot they pay now for each click of the shutter
The smell of chemicals and the excitement of seeing their images emerge in the darkroom
Even the writing that brings back happy childhood memories when I spent many hours outside school (and school for 9) shooting and processing my most terrible pictures in black and white.
Motivated by Todor’s question, feeling Load a roll of FP4 plus I Ilford bought a few years ago in my old Chinon CM4-s there and decided to get back to basics. I took Chinon’s trust with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II for another comparison, similar to the one I did a while ago.
This time I do not shoot anything but black and white and my Canon is set to monochrome as well.
I rode around 8 pictures of landscapes mainly, but had to stop because of bad weather, but the rest get me fired as soon as possible. Then I will publish my comparisons here in another newsletter.
For now, here are some shots “Instamatic” Canon EOS 5D Mark II with pure monochrome camera in the conversion … it will be interesting to see how to compare the FP4:
Update 2013 – Chinon CM4-s images are now below the equivalent of Canon … I think the FP4 had gone a little!
The thing I find once again patience was necessary when shooting the film. With digital, if the lighting was not good, even if I shot myself, but with the Chinon camera, I found myself waiting for up to 10 minutes or more for the clouds to pass just bright rays will hit the sea only I wanted .
Spend more time setting up the shooting, getting the correct exposure, using a combination of Canon and measuring signals from semaphores system Chinon 3 and guestimate there. I do not know if the exposure Clasped until the entire roll is triggered and processed.
That’s another good point.
With digital technology, you can only take 3 or 4 images in a day, but you can still see the results instantly. I can take one or two weeks to complete the role of PF4 when I forgot what I took and how exhibitions, etc.
That’s why I record digital images at the same time for exif data I have to run my memory like identical shots with both cameras.
I said and I will say it again, please spend a little time and money and try shooting the photograph of the film for you. Discover some of these Canon beauties and see cheap prices! And for you, Nikon fans, check out the old Nikon SLR range! Beautiful …
Take an old SLR, put a good old roll of film and leave it for a crowd bath. See how much time and effort do with your image and how exciting the results are coming. While patience transfers to your digital photography and hopefully improve not only, but see the photography in a new light.