Did you find your dad's vintage camera model from the attic?You have loaded the film and ready for clicking pictures,but then you realize that the film camera is quite different from its digital counterparts? So, don't worry and march back to throw the camera because in this instructable I will be suggesting some tips and methods so that you can click better pictures and improve your photography skills.
So, with a few techniques you can click some really cool pictures basking jealousy from your digital only friends!
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Step 1: A Fresh Start !
You have to forget everything you have learnt in digital photography and try to change your way of shooting.Comparing digital and analog is like comparing computers with typewriters.
Everything including the way you see through the camera,and relate to your subject will be influenced by the change.As you can't delete your shots you try to give every shot your best.
Contrary, to the digital camera where you can fire the shutter as many times as you want in analog every frame counts.
Step 2: Keep It Light
One thing you must keep in mind is that you're manually lightening and darkening areas as you're developing prints in the darkroom.You need to make sure that you have an optimal lighting experience to start with. Too much strong sunlight can create shadows or wash out an image,so look for shaded areas or cloudy days. Using reflectors like a light-colored umbrella between the sun and your subject can help you capture an optimal image from the get-go.
Step 3: Choosing a Correct Lens
A wide-range lens will provide a larger depth of field(which will capture a crisp background). Use wide-angle lenses for capturing a larger scene, like a group photograph from a distance or a panorama shot; anything where your subject has context within the environment. A telephoto lens -- which has a smaller depth of field, makes the background less clear and the foreground sharp -- which in turn makes your subject the "plot" of the picture.
Step 4: Stay Balanced !
Positioning and composition are much more important in film photography than it is in digital for a very obvious reason: It is simply that it is much more costlier and expensive to develop a lot of shots.Its a very easy task to experiment with composition by clicking tons of pictures with a digital camera. With a analog camera, you just might find yourself more happier and interested in capturing the "right" shot from the beginning, which also saves you your time and money in development.
Remember that we all are used to seeing the world at our own height --- crouching below a subject or climbing a staircase or a platform to spy the image from another angle can instantly give the viewer a novel way of seeing the subject of the photo.
The Rule of Thirds proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.Aligning a subject with these points can create more interest and energy in the composition than simply centering the subject would.
The rule is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half.
Step 5: Developing Your Own Film
Step 6: The End
And even if you don't succeed in the very beginning don't get discouraged and demoralized because -
Practice makes a man perfect
So, here is my i'ble comes to an end.I hope that it will be of some help to you and that you liked it.
Thanks for your precious time and "Happy Photography!"