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Jun 19, 2014 08:10 |  #16

Then photographers like Eisenstadt didn't need or use a meter.




  
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Jun 19, 2014 09:25 |  #17

20droger wrote in post #16979860 (external link)
Limit your sessions to 20 shots each (one "roll"), changing cards between "rolls."

36 exposures? And somewhere in there we had the 250 exposure back for the Nikon F.

Remember, your shots are SOOC. No post-processing of any kind, not even cropping. Those darkroom services were simply not available in SE Asia at the time. That had to wait until I got home.

Remember "Bracketing"?
When shooting out of town for a client, I burned film like crazy because nobody wants to hear that "the dufus in the lab knocked the lid off the developing tank."
More in post #43 here.

Let's not forget white balance, too. We were stuck with daylight or incandescent, unless we carried a lot of light balancing filters/gels.

And while I still like the "film look", I'm not sorry that we are where we are today, thanks very much! ; )


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Jun 19, 2014 11:15 |  #18

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16981268 (external link)
36 exposures? And somewhere in there we had the 250 exposure back for the Nikon F.

Not in SE Asia in the early '60s.

Remember "Bracketing"?

Very well!

When shooting out of town for a client, I burned film like crazy because nobody wants to hear that "the dufus in the lab knocked the lid off the developing tank."

That would have been "the late dufus"! We all carried guns and were perpetually exhausted. Dufuses tended not to make such mistakes, at least not more than once.

More in post #43 here.

Let's not forget white balance, too. We were stuck with daylight or incandescent, unless we carried a lot of light balancing filters/gels.

Thanks. I forgot about incandescent film. I only shot daylight.

And while I still like the "film look", I'm not sorry that we are where we are today, thanks very much! ; )

Me too. I by no means want to go back to the good old days.

But then, I do firmly believe that the photographer should be smarter than his camera. Alas, that is so often not the case.

I don't consider everyone who can press a shutter button a photographer, just as I don't consider everyone who can write a grocery list an author.




  
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Jun 19, 2014 11:23 |  #19

Ah, yes, the good old days, when you could still have "one for the road," and when you could still smack your secretary on the tush and she had to pretend to like it.


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Jun 19, 2014 11:26 |  #20

nathancarter wrote in post #16981493 (external link)
Ah, yes, the good old days, when you could still have "one for the road," and when you could still smack your secretary on the tush and she had to pretend to like it.

. . . and when women took jobs with the title of secretary because men never learned to type.


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Jun 19, 2014 11:31 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #21

Nowhere have I said that the good old days were universally good.

Like the good old days of the 1800s, when 40% of children died before they were 6, and we set a minimum age for the presidency of 35 because we wanted only mature, elder men to lead us.




  
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Jun 19, 2014 12:31 |  #22

OhLook wrote in post #16981497 (external link)
. . . and when women took jobs with the title of secretary because men never learned to type.

Would you learn to type if you could just give a dictation to your sex object?


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Jun 19, 2014 12:50 |  #23

I was shooting film in the 70's. Pretty much the same deal except I did have a Tamron zoom lens. Still manual focus, though. And I did some pretty nifty PP in the darkroom. Nowhere near what I can do now in Photoshop, but there were certain techniques that were similar.

We had color 400 and 800 film then, too.

Am I nostalgic for those days? Not. A. Chance. :p:cool:


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Jun 19, 2014 13:38 |  #24

nathancarter wrote in post #16981493 (external link)
Ah, yes, the good old days, when you could still have "one for the road," and when you could still smack your secretary on the tush and she had to pretend to like it.

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. . . and when women took jobs with the title of secretary because men never learned to type.

Funny, a while back I ended up with a Netflix account and was catching up to some TV shows that I had missed...

Well, at some point I started watching "Mad Men" — I had only seen one or two episodes over the years so I started with Episode 1 and for a while I just kept up night by night.

Anyway, that show is really something, recalling the "old days" of the '60s, and especially highlighting the things that are now "out of favor"...of course the part about women being pretty much "second-class citizens" when it comes to the workplace...

But also, they really highlight the fact that smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages in the workplace, at least at the executive/managerial level, were considered not just "acceptable", but were considered part of the "lifestyle", those things as well as the freewheeling antics when it came to extra-marital "activities"!

Ah, well, not about photography, but about what we refer to as the "Good Old Days"!


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Jun 23, 2014 13:44 |  #25

DocFrankenstein wrote in post #16979911 (external link)
You're kind of mashing up a lot of things in with using manual cameras.

If I have to get shot to shoot film, I'd rather shoot digital.

But I don't find limits of film camera systems hampering my creativity. Discard things you can't shoot with it, and shoot the things you can.

In fact, I'd (strongly) argue the opposite is true. It is a near truism that limitations enhance creativity.


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Jun 24, 2014 00:06 as a reply to  @ edge100's post |  #26

The gauntlet has been thrown down Roger.

When I landed my first job as a staff photographer at a large industrial plant, my boss who became my mentor was also a hard man. I learnt so much from him. This was in the late 1970s.

For 'fun' he would send me out just for practice with a non metering Nikon F/50mm f/1.4 loaded with a roll of 36exp Tri-X. I was given an hour to shoot the roll. The negatives had to be 'interesting' and properly exposed. I had to have a 75% keeper rate. If not I had to buy the departmental lottery ticket and make coffee for the week.

Boy,, did I learn fast.


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Jun 24, 2014 01:08 as a reply to  @ yogestee's post |  #27

And probably drank so much coffee that your nerves are still shaking.




  
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Jun 24, 2014 06:07 |  #28

20droger wrote in post #16990884 (external link)
And probably drink so much coffee that your nerves are still shaking.

There,, fixed it for you ;)


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Jun 24, 2014 12:11 |  #29

20droger wrote in post #16981478 (external link)
But then, I do firmly believe that the photographer should be smarter than his camera. Alas, that is so often not the case.

I don't consider everyone who can press a shutter button a photographer, just as I don't consider everyone who can write a grocery list an author.



Well said Roger!

Love the thread...Thanks!;)




  
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Jun 24, 2014 12:44 |  #30

Roger,

When I was learning, again back in the early 70's, I could only shoot with what I could afford. What that meant for me, was an Argus A3.

Did you ever miss a shot because you forgot to cock shutter?

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