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    It's not fun being a fun film shooter

    So I always bring a digital camera whenever I go with non photography friends. The digital is used purely for fun shoot. This time I had to go 100% film because the digital ran out of juice (they always do that). The sad thing is even my old fart friends have forgotten how to use manual film camera.
    I can't ask them to take my picture because the camera doesn't have AF and have to be cocked. Same thing happens when I ask other tourists (older ones) to shoot our picture.
    I am so sad

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    I often start off with digi and switch to film as I warm up. Saves me a bit of film.

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    I often compose the shot, taking care of all focusing and metering before asking someone to take the picture. Then it's relatively easy! You just hand someone the camera, show them the shutter release, and say "Stand here". My girlfriend's 11-year old daughter has taken some pictures with my cameras this way, as well as the occasional passing tourist. This is especially fun with the Polaroid land packfilm cameras so everyone else who's used to the instant gratification of digital and iPhones can see what they took.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFstooges View Post
    The sad thing is even my old fart friends have forgotten how to use manual film camera.
    Yes, they want us all to be dumb and dumber.
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    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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    Regardless of the pursuit, if it's not fun, don't do it.
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    I don't think any of us here on APUG shoot film because it's easier. Most don't even shoot film because they feel it produces superior images. Film is a challenge, digital isn't. If you want nice clean grain-free images in gorgeous color (or converted monochrome) then digital is the way to go. If however, you relish the challenge and qualities inherent in film, then you shoot film.
    In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.

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    Sorry- slow internet resulted in a double post.
    Last edited by Kc2edh; 09-03-2012 at 11:46 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    I don't think any of us here on APUG shoot film because it's easier. Most don't even shoot film because they feel it produces superior images. Film is a challenge, digital isn't. If you want nice clean grain-free images in gorgeous color (or converted monochrome) then digital is the way to go. If however, you relish the challenge and qualities inherent in film, then you shoot film.
    For colour, I just hand the exposed film to a good lab and get nice colour prints back.

    Way easier than trying to do it with digital.
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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc2edh View Post
    I often compose the shot, taking care of all focusing and metering before asking someone to take the picture. Then it's relatively easy! You just hand someone the camera, show them the shutter release, and say "Stand here".
    +1!

    I shoot film because every digital gadget that's comparable in price to film is also grossly inferior.

    As for people not remembering how to use a film camera, that doesn't surprise me. I had to teach an aunt of mine how to focus a Nikon, and it took some time to do that. When all most people used to do is use a point & shoot or something more sophisticated as a point & shoot, then they never really learned how to use a camera in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc2edh View Post
    I often compose the shot, taking care of all focusing and metering before asking someone to take the picture. Then it's relatively easy! You just hand someone the camera, show them the shutter release, and say "Stand here". My girlfriend's 11-year old daughter has taken some pictures with my cameras this way, as well as the occasional passing tourist. This is especially fun with the Polaroid land packfilm cameras so everyone else who's used to the instant gratification of digital and iPhones can see what they took.
    I do the 'stand here' too! But between my intention to use larger aperture and the volunteer's effort trying to add her/his own artistic touch it's 50-50 possibility to nail the shot.

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