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Re: Group portraits with fluorescent lighting
Appature settings are never precise because they constantly need to be adjusted to suit the individual lighting conditions, in other words it is impossible to make a blanket statement for the best fstop and shutter speed to use for florescent lighting since that would depend on the size of the room ambient light the number of florescent lights and the distance to the target. As a rule of thumb these cameras have reasonably good light sensors so setting them to auto and pressing the button halfway should show you a display of the recommended fstop and shutter settings. I would recommend then bracketing from these settings. Bracketing is the process of taking several shots while varying the exposure settings to "passthrough" the optimal settings. Usually if you have a good idea what exposure will work a three step bracket is all that is required. Example (based on outdoor exposure): Optimal settings show shutter at 500 fstop at 16 Bracket picture 1: shutter 250 fstop 16 Picture 2: Shutter 500 fstop 16 Picture 3: Shutter 1000 fstop 16
There is also a handy rule of thumb for exposure settings Note that this also changes based on type of film See the following chart for iso 400 film fstop of 16: Bright sunlight: shutter 1/2000 th or just 2000 Partly cloudy: about 1/500th or 500 Overcast:1/125th or 125 Medium source (open window on a sunny day): 60 Inside light: 30 Low light: 15 up to 1" night: varying
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That depends on what you're taking a picture of. The best setting for a landscape picture won't necessarily be the best setting for a group portrait. You might want to use different settings for a daytime landscape than for a sunset. That's why the camera offers different settings. The camera is a tool. You're the photographer.
You're either using old/expired film, or taking photos during dusk. Color film is balanced for daylight photography. Using it under conditions other than that will result in varying color casts on the resulting images.
Fluorescent lighting: Greenish
Indoor bulbs: Reddish/orange
Outdoor at night/dusk: Blueish/purpla
Ourdoor at dawn: Pink/blue
Or, you may have just gotten bad print work done. Try a different lab.
Pictures must be properly framed before you click. See that you are setting your object against light. See that you are not too far or too close to the object. Landscape and Portrait should be properly framed. A single person half pose will look good in Portrait. Full group picture of 4 or 5 people looks good in Portrait frame. Large group fits best in landscape. Be quick in making choice of poses. Before the crowd starts pouring in, see that you have finished clicking close ups of bride groom. All the Best
Take the camera with the film still inside to a reputable business that develops and prints pictures. The usually have a means of retreiving the film with out futher damage. If you want to do this yourself, you will need a place that is totally dark. You will also need something that is totally light tight. A solid plastic film canister may be sufficient. Take your camera into the "dark room" , open the back and gently try and release the film avoiding as much as possible only touching the edges of the film. You can turn the lights on once you have the film inside the light tight canister.
In most film cameras, a battery is not necessary to manual advance film
using the lever. Your Canon AV-1 is no exception. I have owned two
cameras from the same group, the AE-1 and the Canon A-1. Neither
required a battery for manual film advance.
Make sure the ring around the shutter release button is set to "A",
otherwise the shutter won't release and the film lever won't work
correctly. If the ring shows an "L", the shutter release is locked.
Here's a graphic of the batteries that can be used in your AV-1:
Try setting the white balance to fluorescent an compare. Also you could set your own white balance preset by shooting a white card as per page 59. Lastly you can play with the "tone adjustment" on page 80.
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Hey little22, I would set this camera to auto mode to begin with. This cameras auto mode is actually an aperture priority mode which means you choose the aperture on the lens and the camera automatically chooses the correct shutter speed. For outside photography the morning hours and the evening hours will provide the best light because the light is softer and the subject will not be lit from above which usually cast unwanted shadows on your subject. If you do have to shoot during mid day I would put an external flash on your camera to fill in the shadow areas on the subject. Inside photography is often more challenging because even though the human eye can adjust to low light levels camera film is not so forgiving. You will either need to shoot with a very high ISO film, or you will need to use a flash. I would suggest using a flash since high ISO film is usually very grainy. If you can I would suggest bouncing the flash off of a white surface this should produce softer light and more pleasing portraits. I have included a link to a download of your camera manual incase you need it. If you have any other more specific questions just ask. I hope this helps! http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/film_mf_slr/index.html Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.