Digital cameras are a popular way to capture the interesting sights of nature, as well as just taking fun pictures of your family, friends, and special events! The now “old-fashioned” 35 millimeter cameras are still a popular way to take photographs, though, and they are relatively easy to use if you know the basics.
The first thing you will need to know is how to load the film into the camera. Usually, the back of the camera is opened. The film is then carefully removed from its wrapper and then from its plastic container. Find the leader of the film that is hanging out from the film cartridge. Carefully place the holes in the film over the sprocket teeth in the back of the camera. Close the cover and push the button to advance the film. After several seconds, a number should appear in the picture counter telling you how many exposures or pictures you have to shoot or photograph. If the film does not advance, this means the film was not loaded properly. If you haven’t already, you will need to put fully-charged batteries into the camera. Don’t try to use low batteries or they might not be strong enough for the camera to operate properly. Consult the instructions that came with the camera if you have difficulty with these steps.
Next, set the camera’s film speed to match the film speed you are using. OPen the lens cover-clean the lens if necessary by breathing on it and then wiping it clean with a soft cloth- and you are ready to begin. You will need to practice taking photographs. Have plenty of film on hand so you can practice taking plenty of shots indoors as well as outdoors.
Remember these photography tips for the best possible pictures- Moving or jiggling the camera will cause blurry pictures. If your pictures turn out too dark, that means there was not enough light to take the picture. The environment was too dark or your subject was too far way to take advantage of the light from the flash.Or, the film speed was not set properly. And if the pictures turn out to be too light, then you were too close to your subject, you had the camera aimed at a bright light, such as the sun, or the film speed was not set properly. Be prepared to see problems such as these in your picture-taking, at least when you first start out.
Traditionally, it has always been a general rule of photography to frame your subject. This refers to placing the image of your subject in the middle of the viewfinder. You can experiment with creative ways to place your subject either to the left or to the right of the middle of the picture. This technique works especially well if the background is interesting and can add to the total effect of the photograph. An example of this technique would be if you were at the zoo and you wanted to take a picture of your child in front of a peacock or other colorful display.
Take plenty of pictures and experiment with different types of lights and backgrounds. After you have taken several pictures, and you are ready to have the film developed, it would be a good idea to take them to a film processing center. You can learn how to process the film yourself, but you would have to invest some money into all the supplies you would need. Wait until you are sure you want to take photography up as a serious hobby, or maybe even as a business endeavor before you take this costly step.