Camera controls in this digital age can be baffling, today I’m going back to what in hindsight was a simpler time.
My First camera was a Russian Zenit EM and was fully manual . To achieve correct exposure the following was the key elements which needed to be “Dialled” into this camera
1... Film Speed/Sensitivity expressed then as a ASA number (American Standards Association)
2... Speed (Timing of the opening and closing of the shutter)
3... Aperture (Size of the lens Iris)
The Zenit had a simple light meter that assisted the setting of speed and aperture having first set the film speed. You aligned a needle with a pointer then read off a circler gauge for the correct speed and aperture. Boom off you go
Why is this trip down yester year so significant?
For me it forces you to consider the relationship between Illumination and how best to capture this to deliver the best possible image. Management of light within the image is an important part of the Art of photography, understanding the relationships of the 3 key elements is vital when exploring what can and cannot be done to produce a picture
Do bang your Digital SLR on to Manual and have a go , you’re skills of light management will improve, and unlike the days of film , you can check the image on the back screen (Chimping) to see the effect. Do experiment, test and learn.
30th Jan 2018