That old 1970s theater look

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  1. kekolsta

    kekolsta TPF Noob!

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    Hey everyone,

    New to the forum -- glad to see that such a site exists -- and glad to have stumbled upon one that seems so popular, too.

    Curious if anyone can help me out. This isn't a raging need by any means, but I'm curious as to how I can capture that perfect 1970s-esque black-and-white feel in my photos. I'm currently using a 6 megapixel Canon point-and-shoot camera that I bought at Target...so I realize that with my equipment, I'm very limited.

    I'd be interested in purchasing a used camera, perhaps off eBay or otherwise, which allows a manual focus, shutter speed, etc. Standard film or digital are acceptable, and I'd prefer to keep the price under $200 (so older is fine, too).

    If anyone has any thoughts or questions about this, please don't hesitate...I'm anxious to hear your feedback!

    Thanks.
     
  2. Big Mike

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

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Can you be more specific? Better yet, give us a link to an example photo?
     
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    isnt it funny that while everyone wants these fancy new DSLR's so many want their pictures to look as old and grainy as possible?
     
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    Indeed.. and even funnier that the closest/easiest option is a £35 SLR with high ISO BW film in it.
     
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    I've got an old Rebel film camera with a Canon 35-80 zoom that I'll mail USPS all for a 50$ dollar bill. PM me.

    Having on 1 post, you may not be able to do the PM thing. You can also e-mail me at
    tomhooper@thomashooper.com
     
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    Get a cheap manual 35mm SLR with a decently fast (f/2s tend to be nice and cheap) 50mm lens, some Tri-X, and some Rodinal. You won't be simulating the way people took photographs in the 1970s, you'll actually be doing it.

    My entire setup to develop my own film was well under $100 (with 20 rolls of film). The camera was $21. Why fake it in Photoshop when the real thing costs less than a point and shoot from Wal-Mart?
     
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    after looking at that link, it's interesting to see how some of the fashion from the 70s are being modified and seen in the streets nowadays. and i definitely agree with elemental about buying a used slr for cheap. if that's the look you want to achieve, the best way is to go film. you said yourself that you're willing to opt for a film camera. there are A LOT of affordable film slr out there in the market. just a few quick searches on ebay will show you how much equipment can be had for a bargain
     
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    I'm all for experimenting with the older camera and learning about cameras to take the kind of photo you want without processing, but I only want to point out that there is one reason to get a newer camera and fake it. Which is that eventually, you may want to have pictures that don't look like old time theater photos while still having the options of SLR. If kekolsta is interested in creating different effects with the printing, perhaps digital processing would eventually be the economical option. If you only will ever want the one effect, and are happy with your p&s for everything else, I'd say the older camera film option would be great.

    It happens a lot when people buy guitars, they buy an amp that has a particular effect they really like the sound of, but then when they learn more, they realize, hey, I wanna sound like that too, and they end up buying the more expensive amp with more options in the end anyway.

    just trying to help
     
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    while a lot of the 'old look' is associated with older cameras. A lot of it would be film deteriation. Put some Ilford Pan, 50 ISO BW film - or something like Fuji 100 iso superia in a film camera and the image quality will be as good as, if not probably better, than digital. Digital's big power isn't really image flexibility in terms of what the camera can produce. It's strength is ease and speed of image production.

    Therefore that old camera can produce older looking images and just as easilly switch to quality images.

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    was produced on a 50 yeard old camera for example.
     
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    I agree completely. But I think the ease and speed of digitals flexibility can also translate into price. If you wanted to create many different effects with film, you'd have to purchase many different films, filters, etc, but you could definitely get great quality effects. But you can get a large range of 'reasonable' quality effects with digital with a single camera and editing software.
     

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