How To Use 35mm Camera

Learning how to use a 35mm camera seems like a daunting task, but, as with anything else, you must just start at the beginning. Don't let all the numbers and knobs throw you off when you are trying to learn how to use a 35mm camera. After a short time going through the steps, you will not be so intimidated.

  1. When considering how to use a 35mm camera, keep in mind that a 35mm allows you mobility and access to your subject unlike any other camera before it. The 35mm has everything that any large or medium format camera has, plus ease of use.
  2. When learning how to use a 35mm camera, keep in mind that you need to hold your camera very steady when snapping your shot. Any body movement will blur the picture. For long exposures, you may need to use a tripod.
  3. Before you start to learn how to use a 35mm camera, you should buy some photography books so that you can learn what different lens settings and shutter speeds achieve. Small lens openings add more depth of field and sharpness to a picture. Fast shutter speeds can stop action when photographing any moving object.
  4. How to use a 35mm camera gets easier once you know what all the numbers and knobs are for. Just skimming your instruction manual will give you a basic understanding of your camera.
  5. When you are trying to learn how to use a 35mm camera, it is often helpful to open the camera up and set the lens at different settings so you can visualize what the stops on the lens signify. At the largest lens opening, set the shutter speed at different settings as you click the shutter release. This gives you an idea of the different shutter speeds.  
  6. Once you have loaded film into your camera, you can start practicing how to use a 35mm camera. Keep in mind that the notches in the film must fit securely over the sprockets on the film uptake spool. If this is not aligned correctly, the film will not advance.
  7. Turning your rewind knob until it is tight and clicking off a few shots is a good way to make sure everything is in working order. The rewind knob should advance with each shot. If it doesn't, your film is not properly engaged in the take-up spool.
  8. When learning how to use a 35mm camera, keep the camera steady as you look through the viewfinder. Don't take a photograph until you have composed a pleasing image.
  9. How to use a 35mm camera gets easier once you have composition and other technical aspects of photography under your belt. Hold your camera in one hand and grip it by the other so that you can trip the shutter release with your index finger.
  10. Although, when you are learning how to use a 35mm camera, you can set your camera on automatic, it is more beneficial to set your camera on manual. Once you understand and have learned how to use the different settings, you can better appreciate what your camera is doing when you set it on automatic.
  11. Composition and lighting are very important when you are learning how to use a 35mm camera, but without proper focusing, your photograph will be no good. Although most photographers now rely on auto-focus, it is important to learn how to focus manually. Knowledge of your camera can only increase your skills as a photographer. 

Resource:

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/education/lessonPlans/guides/35mm.pdf

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