AE-1 Program

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  1. CarelessDEE

    CarelessDEE TPF Noob!

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    I've been taking a few pictures here and there for about a year, up until my camera was stolen. Now I've decided to get back into what I loved so much.
    But the problem is I now have a film camera.
    and I am clueless.
    Any tips or pointers to help me out with this Canon AE-1 Program?
     
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    Manual here. :)

    If this is your first time using a film camera, I recommend getting hold of some very cheap (possibly expired) film first, just to practice with.
     
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    yeah, i took about 3 rolls of film, but didn't have them developed yet.
    i was just wondering if anyone had idea for certain effects, or tips, or what not to do's
     
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    For different effects: use filters (try a circular polarizer, or coloured filters with black & white film).

    Tips: Remember to set the film's ISO on the camera. When metering you could try to focus on something of fairly neutral tone like a mid-grey or green grass, until you feel more comfortable with metering and exposure.

    What not to do: Open the back without unwinding the film first ;)
     
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    thanks zaph.
    ill try some of that out!
     
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    Woohoo another AE-1 guy! I'm hating mine, but only because I know nothing about it. I'm interested enough to keep at it, though. Good luck!
     

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