Love at first outing…
My earliest memory of holding my father’s camera was in the year 1993. So we had gone on a trip to Jaipur, Rajasthan.
It’s all about the camera
I think I got the genes of a photographer from my father. He is a journalist by profession and a photographer by hobby. So you know it runs in the family. His prized possession is Canon AV-1 which was bought in 1980’s!! It’s still in a good working condition till date. But too bad that the company which started this business (Kodak) went bankrupt few years back.
The Devil is in the details
I was always amused to hold that camera. On most of the trips, I would wait as to when my father would start taking pictures. Once that camera was out of the bag, then I could start begging to get hold of it. Sometimes I was allowed to take photos or to simply hand it around my neck. My father feared that this little boy who is still can’t take care of himself, how will he manage the camera.
On occasions when it finally came to take the photographs, there would be tips like:
holding the camera correctly
how to focus on the subject
using the film advance lever
finally when to press the shutter release button
Drooling over it
I find that the quality of this camera is so brilliant. The body is made of chrome-plated plastic. It feels like it is made of metal but it’s not. But it feels good to hold, looks sleek and certainly solid feel. The various dials were the ones which intrigued me a lot and certainly, that was a no-go area for me for some years.
Let’s have a look shall we:
1. Film Advance lever – oh!! my so technical. It feels like a description some fighter jet parts
2. Shutter Release button – this is THE button and it felt so nice to press it
3. Selector Dial – Basically this button was for fidgeting 🙂
4. Film rewind Knob with crank
5. Film Speed Dial
Time for some visual delights
And the list is long folks and this camera has many moving parts to drool about. Canon (are you listening) has always been my favorite camera for a long time. Although till date I haven’t owned one personally!!
But on the sidelines companies like Canon or Nikon or even Sony, these are just marketing companies. They are always competing with each other in terms of technology. But for a photographer, I feel that more than the technology it depends on how he makes the photograph by any camera that he/she may possess. The camera won’t take the photo for you but you have to make all the preparations before pressing that shutter release button
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I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!