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35 mm Camera Guide

PhotographyStill using 35mm camera? Here are some tips and advice.
CameraBuying a Camera
Buying the right camera can be confusing. Think about what you want to do with the camera before you begin the search. Many people buy the wrong camera for their needs and become very disappointed in their selections, think before you buy! 
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Questions you might think about!
What do you plan to shoot?
Where do you plan to take pictures?
What kind of pictures do you plan to take?
How much time do you want to spend setting up your pictures?
What kind of subjects do you plan to shoot?
How much money do you want to spend?
Picking the Camera.
Take into account the many types of cameras are available and that not all of them are the same or capable of quality photography. If you are not really serious about your work a smartphone will do.
Do some homework, check the internet and the different stores for reviews and availability.
Check out the different models for friendliness and quality.
See what each camera can and can not do.
Does it feel right to you or do you find it cumbersome and too heavy?
Will it work for you if you are left handed?
What do you prefer a new camera or a used camera?
Can you afford it?
How long of a guarantee does it have?
What kinds of filters, flashes and lenses are available?
How often do you realistically plan to use the camera? Why pay thousands of dollars for a camera you will only use once or twice a year.
Decision Time:
Check out the different stores (both brick and internet) for the best prices. 
Ask questions about the camera's functions and reliability. 
Take a photography class. 
Read and reread the directions. 
Like cameras, the film you need will also depend on how you plan to use it.  Remember that not all films are created equal. Some have better colors and better processing quality. .  A great picture can be lost because you used the wrong film. Review the film chart and determine which type of film best fits your needs. More information can be found at How to Choose the Right Camera Film


Filters enhance lighting or change environmental conditions. They can create dramatic interpretive and artist images.  Most photographers like to keep on their camera a No. 1A skylight filter. Skylight filter block out the overcast bluishness or the effects of shade on a picture. Furthermore a 1A helps to protect the camera lens.  More information can be found at: or Camera Filters by Ira Tifen  Read more: Buyers Guide
Point and shoot cameras have a built in lens. Some have a very simple lens, while others have a more complex telephoto system. The APS have an electronic system that you can chose the lens type. But the SLR cameras give you the choice of what type of lens you wish to put on the camera. That is perhaps its greatest advantage over the other types of cameras. Check the lens chart and select which lens you want to use. More information can be found at Wikipedia Photographic Lens, and Camera Lens Read more: Buyers Guide
Light MetersLight Meter
"A light meter is a device used to measure the amount of light. In photography, a light meter is often used to determine the proper exposure for a photograph. Typically a light meter will include a computer, either digital or analog, which allows the photographer to determine which shutter speed and f-number should be selected for an optimum exposure, given a certain lighting situation and film speed. Light meters are also used in the fields of cinematography and scenic design, in order to determine the optimum light level for a scene. They are used in the general field of lighting, where they can help to reduce the amount of waste light used in the home, light pollution outdoors, and plant growing to ensure proper light levels." Read More: Wikipedia, BH Photo, Buyers Guide
Point and shoot cameras have built in flashes. Push the button and up it pops. Remember  they are very limited, so don't expect a great deal. They can cause red eye, darker than expected pictures  and  a washing away of colors.
Some SLRs also come with built in flashes, as well as hot shoe connectors for the flash. You can not in most instances use them both at the same time. Make sure the flash you buy will match your camera. Not all flashes will work with all cameras. More  information can be found at How to Buy a Camera Flash - and How a Flash Works Read more:
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Types of Flashes
Manual Flash- The photographer determines the proper exposure by matching the speed of the film, the distance from the subject and the light output of the flash.
Automatic Flash- The proper amount of light is determined by the flash after you set the aperture using a calculator on the back of the unit. A light sensor will set the duration of the flash and thus insure the correct exposure.
Dedicated Flash- This flash uses the camera itself to determine the correct shutter speed, exposure and duration of the flash. It relies on the camera's metering system, TTL(through the lens) to determine what is suitable. It is and automatic system which ensures a better image. Make sure the unit matches your camera type.
Lighting can play a crucial roll in making a great picture and making a snapshot. Understanding the direction the light is coming from, the amount of light available and the softness as well as the harshness of the light can determine the  quality of your work. Hot spots can happen if you take pictures in an area under a tree. People will squint if the light is in their eyes. Flares will happen if you point the camera in the wrong direction. So take into account the light around you when you are shooting. Decide what effects you want before hitting the shutter release. Wait if the light is not what you want. It can be worth it!
More information can be found at: Photographic Lighting or Basic Photography Techniques-Lighting: Outdoor and Existing.
Picture Problem: Ever wondered what is a flare? Or have you noticed the feared "red eyes" on your precious photo! These and other problems are discussed by clicking below! Other tips can also be found in the Questions and Answers section!
Trade Secrets
1. Never shoot facing the sun.
2. Avoid shooting subjects with the sun in their face. (causes squinting)
3. Avoid shooting pictures with a mirror or glass as a backdrop, (causes a spot of light).
4. Check the picture completely before pressing the shutter release. Carefully scan the image from one side of the viewfinder to the other. Make sure everything is the way you want it before you push that shutter.
5. Avoid taking a picture where something is bright red. The viewer will see the red and miss the rest of your picture.
6. Avoid taking a picture where something is bright red. The viewer will see the red and miss the rest of your picture
7. Shoot before 11 am and after 1 pm. Those times will give you the best shadows without glare.
8. Check what is behind the subject. You might have a pole sticking out of your subject's head.
9. Don't put your main subject directly in the center of the frame. ( This is called bulls eye) Try setting it to the right or left of center.
10. Be patient. Many a great picture took time to create.
11. In shooting low light, use a tripod, high speed film and set your exposure controls accordingly. (See Exposure controls in Resource)
12. Be sure you have plenty of disks. Running out of didks can be such a bummer.
13. Be sure you check and change your batteries regularly. Put your batteries in the camera correctly after they have been checked.
14. At first keep a running record of your pictures and compare the results with your records. Thus you know what you did wrong, ( Throw the terrible shots away).
15. Talk to professionals and advanced amateurs they can be a valuable source of information.
16. Read the manual, not all cameras, flashes and lenses are alike. Controls and capabilities can very from one unit to another. Furthermore practice with the camera before you shoot those pictures.
17. The best way to learn how to take pictures is by taking pictures!

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