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Old 05-21-2012, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First film photographs...feedback please

I picked up a Canon Program AE-1 camera from someone to try out film photography, something I've never done before. I picked up a cheapy roll of film, pumped out a bunch of pics to see how it would look, and took the roll to CVS. I had an issue where the film jammed up and I had to open the camera in the shade to get it working again, is that what caused some of the red bleeding on the edges?

Anyway, if anyone has any feedback on getting the best quality pictures, like good film, a better place to have the film developed, or some tricks for the Canon I would appreciate it. I used the automatic exposure and shutter speed settings.

Link to album with a few selections...
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Film is fun. Those sprocket holes look like a light leak. Check the foam seals around the door.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It looks OK, but I don't really know what to look for. It looks a little bit dirty, I should probably swab it out.

*edit - I found this guide for replacing the foam...http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/seal/Canon_AE1.pdf

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The light came from when you opened the film door in shade. If you have to open the film door try and do it in COMPLETE darkness. A pinhole of light can ruin a good photo. I personally love film but really haven't found the the time to dick around with it. As far as film it depends on what you are going to be shooting, I personally am a fan of Fuji film BUT I have found Kodak to make some really good stuff. If you have a Ritz Camera or a Samy's Camera nearby go in and talk to them and let them know what you plan on shooting and they can direct you towards some appropriate film. They also do a good job on developing but your local big box can/maybe develop your film just as good. If your local CC has a photography department I highly recommend taking a course in beginner photography, it will teach you a lot and is a lot of fun!
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Agreed it came from when you opened the door. If it was a light leak, it would of been on all the pics.

If you want to try some funky films, check out lomography.com, i order a film from them once in awhile.
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I don't need it in my hands....the picture is right there. Cool thing about pictures: they give you an accurate representation of what something will look like. They've been doing it since 1822, or so I'm told.
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I second what Disco said about lomography.com I highly recommend Fujian velvia or Kodak Portra.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info guys. I've read the manual for this camera and it's great, just look at how this women would have lost an exposure if that man had not been there!

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other than the light bleeding due to the malfunction you had those photos are excellent in both composition and lighting. Keep it up
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks, I just picked up a Canon 135mm 2.8 prime lens for it too.
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