Got an old Canon A1 laying around? Don't know how to use it? Well, if you fall into this category, then you may be able to take professional-looking photos with this rather than your digital point-and-shoot camera. You will be able to learn how to utilize this pro-range camera with just your point-and shoot skills. You will also learn how to diffuse/soften a flash, how to set the correct aperature, shutter and film speeds and also learn a little bit about multiple exposures with the A1. Also, if you are interested in panoramic photos, this Instructable will teach you all about it. I'm Eren S., and I will be your guide.
Step 1: Learn the basic parts of the A1
The basic parts that you may need to use are listed in this step.
Step 2: Turn on the camera and test the battery
Switch the A/L knob to A and test the battery. If you cannot see the LED blink rapidly, then you need to get a new battery. Getting film would be good, too. Mind the fact that all film is different. I normally use 400 ISO film for indoor pictures in good lighting conditions and 800 ISO for a sunny day outdoors when there is a lot of action. I would also reccomend to go to Radioshack for the 4LR44 battery. It is only 4.99 USD. They have a great selection of batteries there, so if your flash takes AA's (if you have one) pick some of those up, too.
Step 3: Insert film
Remember what I said in the last step? You need film, because this thing is from the 80's. It's not digital, and if film just doesn't fit your budget, then you can stop reading. Also keep in mind that film, when exposed to light, reacts. To open the back, cock the lever halfway and pull up the rewind knob. Put the cassette in the holder. Be careful not to pull out too much film, but don't be afraid to pull out enough. Catch the leader in the film spool and close the back quickly, but not too hard. You're almost ready.