Today a guestblog by our friend Peter Gamba.
Peter (as many others now a days) has a passion for the older/vintage type of photography, and well that fits with what I also like
But also Peter points out that “knowing” the “old days” can immensely help you in your modern time photography. If find for myself that ever since I picked up film again my photography has grown.
My journey began in photography in 1968. My first camera was a Minolta SRT 101. I was living in Ecuador at the time. I was a teenager living with my parents assigned by the U.S. State Department. I began using color transparencies (Kodak Ektachrome, Kodak Kodachrome). I had no real knowledge of light and film, nor any access to hand held light meters. The only way I understood exposure was to take a picture, write down my settings, wait to get the slides back from the developer, then look at the results and read my corresponding notes. A rather expensive way to learn, in my opinion. The metering system on the Minolta used a variable needle that reflected the conditions and a static hard circle that the user could manipulate to dissect the needle. One could then see how aperture and shutter speed worked together, but it wasn’t until one saw the results from the actual photographs that it began to make sense.