Reason for saying my camera's rubbish I that I found a tutorial on a photography website and decided to have a go at the technique. It involved using a slow shutter speed - 20 seconds, and the slowest mine will do is 8 seconds. I also couldn't get the aperture small anough as suggested in the tutorial. Did my best and was fairly pleased at my first efforts, but am now hankering after a camera that will let me experiment a bit more. Was chuffed about the photo selected for the website though - I've had it printed in the past and it's now hung in my dining room, and it was used as display for a while in a local photography shop.
My dad was a very keen photographer and I have inherited his cameras - all film, no digital, and I'm tempted to get them out and try them out.
Is there a 'B' (bulb) setting on the shutter speed dial? If there is PM me and we'll have a chat about it ?
Happy for today is that I submitted some photos to the photo gallery on a website and they've used one of them! Chuffed to bits.
Shame my camera is so rubbish.
The photographer is by far the most important element in any photograph; not the camera. And I say that as a keen photographer myself. There are many, many people with expensive cameras who don't have a clue what t do with them.
(I would add that film is still miles better than digital, but that is another subject altogether.) ##
I'd agree, order is: photographer, lens, camera.
Many cameras have a quoted maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds, but in practice they will often go much further. It?s simply that accurate exposure cannot be guaranteed beyond 4 seconds. Most digital sensors also become very 'noisy' beyond a second or two.
I would second TV's comment about a 'B' setting (which allows you to open and close the shutter manually).
However, if you are really keen, and like to use long exposures, you could do a lot worse than buying a good quality second-hand film camera, which you can find very cheaply nowadays. You can find some very nice Nikons, Canons, Olympus', etc. for less than ?100, or if you want best possible image quality you could consider a medium format camera, which uses much bigger (120) roll films.
If you use a slow transparency film like Fuji Velvia you can use exposures of several minutes; and there is no electrical noise. Better still, the quality available from films like Velvia is stunning.
Film photography requires more work, and you don?t have the ?instant gratification? of the screen on the back of the camera, but the end results make it all worthwhile.