March 8, 2011

So about a month and a half ago I started my photo class. I'm really scrambling to keep up. I just have a lot of irons in the fire right now. Making photos with film takes more time and actually is harder than digital, because there is no instant feedback, and we are using cameras that are not computerized, so even my film experience with my EOS camera is not really helping me because I usually relied so heavily on the computerized metering and decisions that the camera made for me. Now I'm shooting with a very basic meter and having to make all the decisions myself about aperture, shutter speed and the like, and without instant feedback to know if I'm on the right track, and no metadata embedded in the image, I have to take a notebook with me like I used to as a kid and write down every setting on every image. It is a whole different process and I am having trouble finding the time to take all the shots the instructor wants. I'm going out into the cold morning today to try and capture the woods as the sun comes up. I hope I'll be able to take enough shots.

On the upside, it has been interesting to consider what it is about photography that I actually like-is it the process or the final result? The moment of capture, the moment when I see whether or not an image worked out, the chance to fiddle around in the darkroom to change the results? I'm not sure yet. I've misplaced my negative scanner, but as soon as I find it, I'll show you some of the images I've made.

1 comment

  1. Wow, it really sounds like a lot of work. But the end result probably feels like MORE of an accomplishment if you did it from "scratch" eh?


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