6 thoughts on “Photography and cameras

  1. Pete, that was a wonderful read! I bought a Minolta SRT 101 back in the early 70’s and used it for about 30 years until the shutter got stuck. I would have had the camera repaired, but digital was already the newfangled thing, so I simply bought a cheap digital camera (Kodak EasyShare). Back in the day, I bought a telephoto lens and tripod for my old Minolta (which I still have in my possession), but I didn’t go hog wild as you did! Sometimes the photos were excellent; sometimes they were abysmal. At least with digital, you can shoot the same photo numerous times if you’re not happy with the preview. With film, you never really know what you’ll get, and it’s costly to shoot a photo numerous times. I don’t know if film quality is still better than digital quality. I think digital has come a long way (obviously, I’m not referring to my cheap-o EasyShare!). I do like the fact that you can enhance digital photos with software to achieve the desired effect. I sometimes opt for black and white or cartoon, but usually play with the brightness, contrast, and shadow modes. The result is typically more faithful to the real world, because the manipulations (as I use them) basically correct for the inadequacy of the camera in dealing properly with natural outdoor lighting.

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    1. You make some good points about the software correcting faults in metering (or in my case skill!) in the camera. I just don’t like the lack of depth that is often apparent, and also the way that less scrupulous photographers rely on photoshop to make average, or poor pictures look better, with tricks, and manipulation.
      Still, film is almost a thing of the past now, so I had better put away my box brownie, and get with the programme!
      Regards from England, Pete.

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  2. Hi Pete, thanks for sharing this. As a relative newcomer to photography I missed out on all the fun associated with photography prior to the digital age. As I progress I am starting to see that not only is the art of capturing images much easier but we are missing out on learning the basics of our craft. I for one would love to at least learn the old techniques and processes involved as I reckon it would be a great education for the new generation of photographers how have missed out on the experience.

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    1. Thanks for your valuable comment Ed. I had to retrieve it from the Spam Folder, hence late reply.
      I would say that reading a basic (old fashioned) manual, learning how to use a light meter (the readings are uncannily similar to matrix metering) and having the basic understanding of apertures and hyper-focal distances, are all very important. They are also rewarding, once mastered, and can only improve the satisfaction element of taking photos.
      That said, modern equipment helps enormously, and takes a lot of the risks out of the process. Photoshop backs this up, with retrievals and adjustments possible, like never before.
      Still, there is something to be said for taking risks in life, and having to live with the consequences of mistakes, don’t you think?
      Many of your photos are excellent Ed, so you are already there, to a large extent. Perhaps a trip down Retro Avenue might still be fun though mate.
      Regards from England. Pete.

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