beginning on film...a little discouraged

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  1. columbus

    columbus TPF Noob!

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    My dad gave me his Ricoh kr-10 to try out, and I've been trying to get a feel for the settings. I've shot two rolls of film, and I can see maybe 5 or 6 keepers. Many of them are underexposed, which confuses me because I'm really trying to use the light meter to dertermine the exposure settings (I assumed that was a good idea, but maybe not) Is there some sort of trick I'm missing here as far as exposure settings?

    Also- some of the pictures that I thought would come out nice didn't even get printed- what gives?


    Excuse my ranting, I'm just a little discouraged- But I'll keep trying :wink:
     
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    Does that camera read the ISO automatically? If not, did you set the ISO correctly?

    If you had it set according to the light meter, the images should have been close enough...maybe the light meter isn't working properly.
     
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    I have to set the iso, but it was definitely set correctly. I guess the batteries could be dead, but if they were, wouldn't that make the needle go lower, thus telling me to set the exposure longer?

    hmmm
     
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    Keep at it, IMO film is a steeper learning curve but the payoff is awesome. When taking a shot, do a few shots instead, with different settings, angle's, ect. - this will help you develop your own eye for what makes a good shot and what doesn't.

    Sam
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Do you have another camera (or light meter) that you could test this one against?
     
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    I have a Sony DSC W10 digital p&s- how would I test the Ricoh's meter with the Sony one?
     
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    If you're shooting under standard lighting conditions and your shots are all coming out underexposed then the camera's light meter may be off.
     
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    Yeah- I'm thinking of taking it to a camera shop for cleaning/fixing if it needs it. Does anyone know how much a basic cleaning would cost me?
     
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    I think it is better of if your dad give you the digital. I am sorry to say that but it is a lot easier to learn with dslr. But if you succeed with this uphill climbing - who knows - you may know something with the minimal tools.
     
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    I don't understand- my dad doesn't have a dslr, the Ricoh is a 35mm slr. I have a Sony P&S, and I feel like I've exausted the creative possibilities, so I decided to take a stab at an slr type camera- I really don't have the money for a dslr right now.
     
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    Just try buying mew batteries for the camera, i have 2 Ricoh film SLRs and they both meter just fine. <KR-5 and KR-5 Super>
     
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    I was just curious why you think that it is easier to learn photography on a DSLR, instead of a SLR?
     

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