Thursday, December 30, 2010

D-363 Shoot like the Masters?

#ds410 The rule of thirds is a time-honored composition guideline. Put it to use today in a photo.

Ever wonder how the masters did their amazing photography before DSLR's? How they memorized their F-stops, ISO's and Shutter speeds without the convenience of checking their screens? I do, I've tried taking images with this camera and it's just so frustrating not knowing if I've nailed the exposure and focus. I'm grateful for DSLR's but I also wonder if I've lost the opportunity to "see" without the instant gratification of "seeing" right away.

David got this camera in the early 1980's. He learned about photography in those early years. He developed a knack for looking in an area and just knowing what numbers were going to work with the exposure he needed. I've tried to play with this camera, but film photography is a lot different than what I'm used to right now.
another boring High Key shot in the "home made" studio.
Minolta - old schoolrs

7 comments:

greygirl25 said...

I got my first Minolta over 30 years ago. Sadly, I never understood the exposure triangle. Up until last year, anything that had a snowballs chance of being anything was luck.

I am grateful to the digital age for the opportunity to finally understand it.

That being said, I would love to be able to just see it. Maybe that is the next step?

Nikhil Ramkarran said...

Just a couple more days for you. I was feeling incredibly pressured yesterday to get a "good" shot; and I am feeling similar pressure today. I hope you don't end up with a similar issue.

Interesting that you would photograph the Minolta X700. A couple weeks ago I decided to get a film camera for use next year and was debating between this and a Pentax. In the end I went with the Pentax as it can use some of my current lenses.

Good luck finding something to shoot (and the time to make it happen) for today and tomorrow.

Judy said...

I had a Minolta XG-7, which was one of the first autos. I just didn't like film. Digital is so much more friendly.

Woody said...

I don't think it's boring!

I shot lots of film a couple of decades ago. I was certainly more conservative with shutter actuations! Mine was shot on my even cheaper home studio - a square yard of black fabric :-)

http://2zars.com/photoblog/2010/11/where-it-all-began/

Woody said...

My bad, hit submit too soon. Happy New Year!

snaphappee said...

I think this is a perfectly fine photo. It fits the assignment, and it's a piece of photographic history. You think it's boring because getting a perfect studio exposure is so simple for you that there's not challenge. You're just THAT good!

my3rdi.org said...

Lovely shot Sandra. Looks like a shot made for advertisement.

With mastering the skills comes boredom, doesn't it ;)

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