I learned to shoot with an Argus C-3 brick and NO light meter before I graduated to a Yashica D then eventually bought a Gossen light meter to go with it. You learn to read the light very quickly that way. I still take my cameras out without a light meter, or take a quick reading then work off that for a while before I take another. Most of the time I dont turn the meter on with my OM-1(OK, so I forget to turn it on).
Originally Posted by Worker 11811
What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.
I like the fact that the aperture dial has no click stops. I've developed the habit of keeping my finger near the dial so I can subtly tweak that dial between shots. It will take a while to develop the eye to do it accurately but I can understand the process.
I have always had a hard time keeping the camera in focus. I don't know why. I can focus a movie projector razor sharp.
My trick has always been to go one ƒ-stop wider than I think I need and compensate with the shutter speed. That gives me a little headroom for focusing. When I have an aperture-priority camera it's easy. With a full-manual camera, I have not been so successful.
I think my main problem is that I'll set the camera exposure and focus the image then, at the last second, I'll recompose the shot but either forget to refocus or do it hastily.
So, basically, this Yashica is slapping me upside the head, so to speak!
Indeed. I've mostly shot with my 124G since March, and the response has been way better. Either the person knows what it is and strikes up a good conversation, or else they're not sure what it is that I'm holding and don't except a picture.
i was using my graflex slr with a brass lens on it a few weeks ago
and a 6 +/- year old kid came up to me as i was leaving and said : nice camera.
using an old clunker like that usually puts a smile on people's faces, and when
i say: have a look through the camera, they get kind of giddy.
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One time, a few years back in Yosemite at Wawona Tunnel whlie walking towards the overlook I was passed by a nice looking Japaness gentleman walking the other direction. As he he he passed by, I heard him mutter, "Hassleblad, very nice." and kept on walking. No eye contact. No other comments. I was amazed. And gratified.
That's the kind of recognition that, I think, is most important.
Originally Posted by whlogan
A general understanding that "Hasseleblad" = "very nice" but the person is polite enough to recognize that fact without unduly troubling the possessor of said Hasselblad.
In other words, I think it is important that people recognize well made, precision instruments and the people who take such pride in their work to use them but who are polite enough to understand that other people deserve to proceed in their lives without being unduly hassled by people they don't know.
There are some places I like to go that are frequented by many photographers like parks, etc. If I was walking along and noticed somebody with a vintage Halleslblad I might say, "Nice camera!" and give them a thumbs-up as I passed by but I would simply leave it at that unless I thought the person was open to conversation.
The average stereotypical Japanese man is so polite, almost to a fault, that making such a comment which another might hear him say would be quite a compliment to be spoken in the company of a stranger.
If I was in your place it would have been a very good day, indeed!
My guess as to what is going on here is that a person photographing me with an "old" tlr is obviously a "hobbyist" and I'm honored that he or she would feel that I was photogenic enough to waste film on, whereas a guy/woman with a sleek, modern looking camera is likely an FBI agent, whom I do not want photographing me, even though I haven't done anything! I swear! No, really!
The reaction to TLRs has been extremely beneficial. People either ignore them entirely or are interested. I've taken shots I wouldn't have even attempted with a SLR for fear of peoples reactions. For example, a young girl was watching a parade with her parents. I hung out for 3 minutes or so taking shot from about 4 feet behind them, obviously photographing her. The parents talked with each other about the camera, old film, etc and smiled when I glanced at them.
The reaction to folding cameras has been more interesting. People really notice the Mockba-5 - some are fine with it, some seem a little intimidated to have it pointed at them. I have yet to have a negative reaction to the smaller Zenobia. In fact, I haven't had a reaction at all. No comments, no unease, its been a little odd.
The Leica IIIc... similar to the Zenobia with a big exception. Photographers and others come up to me all the time to talk about the camera, talk about the gear they have at home, waiting for use when they retire, etc. It actually has been detrimental to shooting - too many conversations at times.
The compact rangefinders - Canonets, etc - get frankly odd reactions. I've been approached twice by Frenchmen asking about buying the camera. I was once shooting at a market when a girl quickly took of her shirt to try one on. I didn't take any shots but a photographer with an SLR took a few quick shots and moved on. The girl muttered under her breath about photographers and pointed out the photographer to her friends. He happened to be right behind me. She quick smiled at me and said 'Oh, no, you, you're shooting film. Its fine'.
Originally Posted by Brian Legge
So, then, to paraphrase...
Digital = Internet.
Internet = Porn.
THEREFORE she didn't like her picture being on the internet, used for porn and she would, understandably, be upset.
Film = Art.
THEREFORE she didn't mind her picture being taken even though every other part of the circumstance was exactly the same.
The ARTIST somehow makes her feel worthy of being photographed whereas the DIGITAL camera makes her feel like a commodity. Her reaction varies accordingly.