Today we live in an age of ‘famous’ selfies, hashtags and photobombing. Cameras are just another item that we carry around with us on a day to day basis, especially now that it is built into most technological devices, be that a smartphone or a gaming console.
However just over a decade ago this popularity of digital imaging devices was almost non-existent; I know, it is hard to believe. And many decades before that, before the innovation of digital SLRs, we only had film cameras, photography was a true form of art back then, especially when it came to film SLRs.
Going from a digital SLR to a vintage SLR made me realise the true artfrom of photography; not to say that it isn’t a form of art today; primarily it is easy to press the shutter button and get an adequate image whereas in those times we have to take a step back, align the settings to make sure that they are correct then press the shutter button; the theory has to be learnt before touching a camera.
Digital systems today has given us the luxury of trailing out various settings before finding the perfect exposure; it is something that we take for granted and don’t really think about.
It was quite astonishing when I discovered that every setting had a different little switch or a dial. The canon A1 has two modes; aperture priority (Av) and shutter priority (Tv). As I already had a certain amount of understanding of these modes; I was intrigued to see the changes altering the settings had; it was photography in its purest form.
One of the things I love about film photography is it’s like a pandora box full of surprises. There is an excitement in the anticipation of how the photos would turn out.
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