Become a Jedi Master of the Wide-Angle The ins and outs of 35mm photography.

Although film cameras have been largely replaced by digital cameras, some purists still prefer the look and feel of film equipment over digital. If you are one of these individuals, you need to know how to use your 35mm camera. The basic setup and use is the same as a digital camera, however you must master additional tasks in order to obtain the best picture possible.

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Step 1

Open the film chamber on the back of the 35mm camera. Set the film roll into the circular housing chamber, then stretch the film strip out to the opposite end. Close the camera and power it on. The film catches on rotating spindle and rolls into the camera. Do not open the film chamber once the film is loaded as the light ruins all film, both exposed and unexposed.

Step 2

Press the “Auto” focus feature if you want the camera to control the focusing controls. However, if you want to control the focus yourself change the camera to “Manual” focus, then adjust the focus ring at the front of your camera lens (if you are using an SLR camera). If you do not have a SLR camera, you may not have the manual focus option. Adjust the focus ring until the image is clear in the view finder.

Step 3

Press down the zoom button to either zoom into the object or zoom out. If using a SLR lens, turn the zoom lens to increase or decrease the size of the subject matter.

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Step 4

Insert faster speed film into your 35mm camera if you plan on taking pictures in darker areas, or when the content is moving (such as sporting events). Because there is less light your film needs to expose faster. Slow speed film is anywhere from 50 to 200–although it is possible to purchase specialty film that is slower–to speeds over 400. These faster speeds do look slightly grainier, but provide better developed pictures when capturing darker or fast moving images.

Step 5

Press the “Capture” or “Shutter” button to take the picture. Once the picture has been captured, the film advances to the next available film strip loaded in the camera. When the film is used completely, it rolls up on itself, allowing you to remove the film from the camera. Place the film back in its film canister and take it to a developer for processing.

Step 6

Press the “Capture” or “Shutter” button to take the picture. Once the picture has been captured, the film advances to the next available film strip loaded in the camera. When the film is used completely, it rolls up on itself, allowing you to remove the film from the camera. Place the film back in its film canister and take it to a developer for processing.

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