Getting to know your camera, FILM, and viewfinder
Many of the photography problems assigned this year will be completed using a 35mm film camera. Aside from the fact that learning the functions and settings of a 35mm camera will help you take better digital photographs, here are some of my favorite pros for shooting film:
1. It'll force you to slow down and really look. Nothing teaches you how to compose and wait better than having just 8 chances to get a good photograph.
2. The ability to experiment. The darkroom becomes your lab - very cool things await.
3. To be different. Going analog in a digital world helps you stand out from the throngs of instagrammers out there.
4. The element of surprise. Instant gratification is so yesterday.
5. The pictures are physical...and permanent. There's a reason we love looking through old family photo albums.
Problem Statement: To get to know the features and functions of your camera, draw 3 basic contour lines drawings of your camera body - one from above, a bottom view, and what you see through the viewfinder. While you are being walked through what each part of your camera does, you need to label your drawing accordingly to use as a reference.