Nikon FM10: Film is Still King
I am a semi-professional photographer. Back in 2007 when I was in university, I wanted to take photography seriously as I was simply doing it on a casual basis. I took photography classes that were offered through the university I went to, to help me gauge the basic principles of photography. I knew I'd spend a bunch of money and film learning the proper camera settings through trial and error. Fast forward to 2016, and I have a D7100. I'm able to play with settings, take as many pictures as I want, delete bad ones and keep good ones.
I love my DSLR, but its making me lazy. If I didn't get a setting right, I could take another shot or fix it during post processing. If I don't compose the image right, I crop the picture in post processing. I had a hazy understanding of the relationship between sensor ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. I wanted to get a better understanding. Putting the DSLR into full manual mode helped but I still wanted to master it.
The Nikon FM10 is a throwback to SLR's from the early 90's when film was supreme. With the exception of a simple light meter, everything is mechanical. I set the film ISO when I load a roll. The only other settings I have to concentrate on are focus, aperture, and shutter speed. The limited 24 film exposures forces me to slow down and really put thought into making a picture. The FM10 is helping me get a better understanding of the complexities of photography.
Now if only I had a film scanner......hmmmm
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