If something is not giving you enjoyment, satisfaction...or 'fun', why do you keep doing it? There are lots of other things to do.
“The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see." ~Edward Weston, 1922.
Well, I work with computers all day every day and I've turned into a Luddite with regard to the rest of my life. I got rid of my cell phone years ago because the danged thing just wouldn't leave me alone. I love using my great grandfather's Weston light meter, converting from Weston emulsion speed to iso, converting the F value to a U.S. [universal system] aperture value on my 90 year old Kodak autographic with pre-flashed paper loaded... carefully leveled on the tripod, looking through that "mirrored" viewfinder, and firing it off with a cable release and counting off the seconds... Then I get the delicious thrill of wondering what it will look like when I develop it. I know a lot of you folks here do a lot more than that all the time with your photography.
But I was at a party a few months ago and someone handed me their phone and asked me to take a group picture. I didn't know which way to hold it, and then when I finally held it right, I had my fingers over the lens ( I had no clue where the lens was ). You were supposed to sort of tap at the screen to make it take the photo. So I guess I'm just the reverse of your experience. I'd be thrilled if a tourist handed me a manual focus camera, and giddy if they also handed me the light meter to get the exposure right...
I don't have other things to do
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
Had lots of fun using film today -- just used my tiny camera, the Rolleiflex. Took a hike with my boys in the redwoods, but somehow they escaped being subjects this trip! Was originally planning on using the 4x5, possibly the 5x7, but decided to go light.
Major weekend in an incredible National Park, on a popular trail, then up a large creek -- and saw four people (two sets of two people with backpacks heading back to their cars). I wonder what Yosemite was like today...LOL!
I'll be backpacking (if I can get the time off of work) in the same place in two weeks (solo, three nights, maybe 4) -- I'll probably take either the 4x5 or 5x7 on that trip -- can't backpack with the 8x10 very easily.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
Shooting film is the most fun -this last year, whenever there has been a family gathering (and with new nieces, there's almost too many of these things now), I have asked everyone to pose for a 5x4" portrait, which everyone is surprisingly happy to do. They probably think I'm a nut - but the strange formality and ludicrous quality of these photographs gives me great satisfaction...
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I've been saying this for tears.
Originally Posted by MattKing
That's why I have never owned one. If I go out, I don't want to be contactable.
Originally Posted by NedL
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
Even as a digital camera shooter, I set the focus and put it in Manual Focus, preset the framing via FL selection, I set the exposure, and I tell them merely to press the shutter button while being sure we are NOT dead center bullseyed in the frame...exactly what I do with a film camera: prefocus, set exposure, set FL, and hand them the camera telling them to ONLY press the shutter button while being sure we are NOT dead center bullseyed in the frame
Boom goes the dynamite!
Originally Posted by MattKing
Exactly why I shoot my weddings on film. Post production sucks and I don't care how you can shoot at ISO-whatever-the-hell-you-want, your 5D Mark III is not a Contax 645.
This weekend I went to the beach with some friends and brought my Canon digital waterproof point and shoot camera. I wanted to take a photo and out of reflex from mostly using film cameras, put the back of the camera against my eye. Oops!! No viewfinder, just an LCD screen. :P
I have the opposite problem.
Tourists see me with a photo bag, a tripod etc. and think "this might be the right person" and ask me to take their picture.
They give me a small piece of plastic with a small LCD on the back.
Believe it or not, you have to keep this in front of you (between you and the subject) and look inside the little LCD to find traces of a composition. There usually is too much ambient light and the image is very confused.
The LCD thing also has some flashing points that probably mean the camera is focusing on the wrong place.
When I see the picture after the fact, it is usually awful. Tilted sideway, half-heads cut or feet cut away or something like that.
I know I blush while offering to take another.
They usually say "fine" and go away very puzzled, or happy that somebody with a complete gear set was not able to compose a picture decently.
They probably think: "next time I'll ask someone younger".
One has to get a bit accustomed to anything new, no matter how easy it is to operate it.