Family shots with my new (old) camera

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  1. The Dread Pirate Robins

    The Dread Pirate Robins TPF Noob!

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    So, I got a new (old) Spotmatic and I wanted to try it out since I hadn't used one of these in at least 10 years.

    Right off the bat, I can see that they are grainy. I used a good lab for developing. I used kind of old store brand film of dubious quality, so I think that's what's going on there. I have since picked up some better rolls of film.

    I didn't really set any of these up. I just kept pulling the camera out when I would see something that interested me. I am open to comments and criticism of the photos. If you think my wife and daughters are ugly just write that thought down on a piece of paper and put it in your little box of secrets that you'll never tell.

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    It looks like you are underexposing a little or a lot (2, 3 and 4 look particularly underexposed, perhaps because of the back lighting). That would cause an increase in graininess. Unlike silver-image film (ie traditional B&W) colour film tends to be the most grainy at the lower limit of its sensitivity. In general the more exposure you give it, the less grainy it gets.

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    Helen,

    That would make sense, especially because 2-4 are the most back-lit. One of my five year old daughters was getting really animated telling a story and so I was thinking much more about capturing the gesture than making a good photograph. It's so rare that she doesn't stop and either avoid or play up to the camera.

    I might try fiddling with these on some photo editing software and see if I can get something a little less grainy.

    Adam
     

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