Look at this. Look what I got myself.
Like, what I really got myself. A roll of film, AND a manual too.
Oh yea, and a camera to go with it. A FILM camera 🙂
Cute little piece, isn’t it?
Here she is, my new baby, my new toy, and my new teacher.
It’s probably the most modest film camera out there (compared to a slew of really amazing film cameras). But I haven’t used one of these in years, and even then, it was one of those easy ones that even a 12 year old could use, like myself back then, so I wanted to start off ‘small’ and ‘simple’. Simple being a relative term.
If you know anything about film photography, it’s not all that ‘simple’. It requires thought, good timing, a little creativity, and understanding the basics of photography (lighting, exposure, metering…). Digital photography is an art all on it’s own, and learning about it, can be complicated, but as I know, digital photography does give room for some (or a lot of) mistakes, and then the do-overs and fix-ups. Film on the other hand, doesn’t always allow second chances. But I think that’s one of the many things that I find intriguing about using one of these cameras- that determination to force myself to a little harder before capturing an image.
I remember basic things about using a SLR, like looking through the viewfinder and pressing on the shutter button lol, but this feels so new to me. Im nervous that I may mess up a bunch of rolls, or potentially great shots… no, I’m sure I will mess up a few rolls, and some great shots, but THAT’S what makes this all so exciting for me. That organic learning experience- the learning as I go; the trials and errors, the not knowing what I’m gonna get, but aiming for the ‘best’ while going for a good shot.
I have faith that I’m going to get it. Eventually. Im an all-manual DSLR user, always have been, so hopefully manipulating this new camera wont be too tough?? And I grew up around SLRs- My dad is a gifted film photographer 🙂 All our baby pictures, trips, and random pictures were taken by him and his film cameras, so I’m hoping some of that blood is running through me hehehe.
I plan to dedicate a lot of my time to this camera, so it’s going to be one busy week. Keep a look out. Ok now, wish me luck!