film slr new user - good practices

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    I'm doing a beginner slr camera course soon with my girlfriend.
    She has a digital - so all the exif data is automatically stored
    for her.

    I've got a hold of my father's very old (circa 1978) film slr
    camera. I got a new battery for it's light meter. Seems to
    work. I bought some film and am keen to test it out and see how
    it goes.

    I was wondering what the film gurus do in terms of every photo's
    settings and recording them. I mean, for every shot you take, do
    you have a notebook and write down the shot no, shutter speed and
    so on?
     
    Troy Piggins, Apr 25, 2007
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  2. Only if I'm doing something out of the ordinary, and want to record my
    results for further reference. For example if I'm doing night shots, or
    waterfall shots etc, I might do this.
     
    Graham Fountain, Apr 25, 2007
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  3. Troy Piggins

    Rob Guest

    Yep its a notebook and pencil unless you have a data back which will
    record the info onto spaces between the frames. or a storage facility
    in the camera which can be downloaded to a PC.

    After a few rolls you would have a Digital camera paid for :)

    --
     
    Rob, Apr 25, 2007
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  4. Troy Piggins

    k Guest

    | I'm doing a beginner slr camera course soon with my girlfriend.
    | She has a digital - so all the exif data is automatically stored
    | for her.
    |
    | I've got a hold of my father's very old (circa 1978) film slr
    | camera. I got a new battery for it's light meter. Seems to
    | work. I bought some film and am keen to test it out and see how
    | it goes.
    |
    | I was wondering what the film gurus do in terms of every photo's
    | settings and recording them. I mean, for every shot you take, do
    | you have a notebook and write down the shot no, shutter speed and
    | so on?

    Canons T90 had a command back (if you have a PC that can talk to it!)

    Pentzx's MZS recorded info between the film frames

    aside from that a portable tape recorder is a good way or pen and paper if
    you like


    either way, it's a good way to learn about your successes/failures re
    exposure .. eventually the experience gathered will leave you more capable
    of judging exposure correctly and less reliant on a light meter. Irrelevant
    if you're a shoot/delete person but invaluable if you're a MF/LF film
    shooter

    k
     
    k, Apr 26, 2007
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  5. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    * k is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    The camera was circa 1978 ;-)
    That's what I figured. Thanks.
     
    Troy Piggins, Apr 26, 2007
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    Avery Guest


    For what you are doing Troy, write it all down. Not just the camera
    settings but also the conditions around you. Enjoy it! It should be a
    good experience. You will learn a lot.
     
    Avery, Apr 26, 2007
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  7. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Avery is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks :)
    I'm sure it seems tedious at first, but will become less so with
    time and experience.
     
    Troy Piggins, Apr 26, 2007
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