Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Photo Basics

by Mervyn Amos

I have been interested in photography since I was in high school and initially used and old box brownie that belonged to my mother.
In 1969 I was a draftsman working at Mary Kathleen Uranium mine in NW Qld. So I decided to take up photography as a hobby and I bought my first SLR – a Praktica IV with a 50mm and a 135mm lens. It was totally manual. It gave me a good grounding in photography.
B & W film was readily available and could be processed by the local chemist or yourself. The only colour film was Kodachrome slide film. (I think this was ISO 25 or 50.
This was processed by mailing in to Kodak in Melbourne.

Today we can try things and see results on camera screen immediately. Only delete the photos that are obviously wrong.

(out of focus, camera shake etc.). Wait until you see photos on a computer as many photos can be recovered with a photo editor.