Can you imagine my surprise when a bit of spring cleaning offered up a wonderful surprise?
I discovered a camera I purchased around 1996/97 - The Canon EOS 500N complete with camera bag.
I remember purchasing this camera for Christmas and using it on a number of occasion. What surprises me is that my passion for photography never took off at that time. As you may have read on this site, in the last year, my adventures into DSLR Photogrpahy has gathered momentum.
During my studies, I have come across many experts who have said that shooting film on a designated 35mm camera will improve my photography. The main reason being is that shooting film is expensive, so the composition and the emotion of the shot must be worthy for it to be a "keeper". When you contrast this with shooting digital, digital shooting can make for lazy photography. If you don't like the shot for whatever reason, you can always hit the delete button. With this camera, I don't know yet what my shots will look like because I have to take them to be developed, "oh what joy and expectation".
When I discovered this camera, I was delighted, it meant that I could really expand my appreciation for this wonderful craft. I purchased some film and during my activities today, the camera was around my neck and the first thing I became aware of was how light it is, really light, compared to my D90. It is quite small in size, nevertheless, it felt comfortable to hold.
This image was shot using my D90 and you can see the form factor, this camera is very cute. It can shoot in "Aperture Value", "Time/Shutter Speed Value", "Program Mode" or fully "Manual". It even has an Exposure Meter which means, everything I have learnt on my D90 so far, I can make use of on this film camera. The lens on this body is a 28-80mm - I have shot a complete roll today of 36 exposures and I have noticed already that the depth of field is quite good with the aperture wide open, resulting in good "Bokeh". I took a shot of a former student and a good friend of mine today so hopefully by my next blog post, I will be able to share the digital version of the prints once I have had them developed.
This camera, I can already feel, will sharpen my shooting skills and creative vision, simply because I will not have any visual evidence once the shot has been taken. Having to wait until the film has been developed means that my composition, framing and confidence in my technical ability will be down to my practice and comprehensive understanding of "ISO", "Aperture Control" and "Shutter Speed" manipulation. This is brilliant because I can no longer count on the digital feedback or post viewing after every shot -aka "CHIMPING".
This blog post will continue once I have seen the images so stay tuned to this post.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015