My Goal For Today

Today I will figure out how to work my new camera.

Can it be called ‘new’ if its 30+ years old?

I found this in my loft last week while having a good scavenge through piles of old newspapers, boxes of lego and bin bags full of my beanie baby collection. What a treasure. It belonged to my Grandad and then my Dad. Anyone who knows me will understand my excitement, I’m a sucker for old remnants with a history.

I’ve always had a vague desire for an SLR, it kind of suits me perfectly that my first one would be a film camera as opposed to a digital. Considering my nostalgic personality and fascination with old things, this is kind of perfect.

But I’m not a photographer. I take photos. I love photos. But ordinarily I can never be bothered finding out the in-depth workings of a camera. So this is a challenge.

I bought a spool of film in Edinburgh last week. Its so weird that £3.99 buys you 36 photos and then you have to go get them developed, whereas an SD card for a digital camera allows unlimited storage and removal for like a tenner. I’m going to have to be very precious with my shots. I’m thinking a photo a day is a good system.

…If I ever get it up and running.

2 thoughts on “My Goal For Today

  1. Hi, Stumbled upon your website through dreamhost! I love old SLR’s and I think film is the best medium for learning photography nowadays. Anyways, try starting out with Black and White film. It is easy to shoot with, easy to develop, and will help you understand the workings of the camera. The most common black and white film is called TRI-X 400 B/W film for a 35mm camera made by kodak. Just ask for it at any photography store (not walgreens!!) and the person behind the counter will know exactly which one it is. After taking all the pictures, you can send it by mail to get developed to the various places that still develop B/W film. A google search will bring up some companies that do this, though I think the most popular is Dwayne’s Photo.

    The satisfaction of seeing your shots on film to is much more rewarding than seeing your digital snapshots on a computer… something to do with the grain and the physical nature of the film… but I hope you learn and take some great shots!

  2. Thanks for the tip about the black and white, will definitely take that on board. Walgreens would be a bit of a trek for me anyway, as I’m in the UK :p so I’ll stick to the photography stores, though to be honest the first one I went into seemed as clueless as me in regards to film photography.

    I am looking forward to getting my first spool developed once I’ve figured it all out. It’ll be nice to have them, rather than just a digital image on a screen. I imagine its like listening to an old record as opposed to just clicking ‘play’ on an mp3 song. So much better in a physical form.

    Thanks for your comment.

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