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Best 35mm film for outdoor photos

Need help with choosing the best film for outdoor photos of people protraits and should i use a flash to fill in the shadows.

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The best film is the one YOU like the best.

Flash can be used to fill in the shadows in outdoor portraits, as you say. Do it by all means, if that's the effect you want. Sometimes you may not want it. Do it both ways and see how they come out.

Photography is all about YOUR creativity.

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Fluorescent lighting: Greenish
Indoor bulbs: Reddish/orange
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To load film into your camera and to set the camera to match the film ISO setting refer to this link to the manual provided by Norman Butkus. The manual will also guide you through all other aspects of operating your camera.

I hope that I have fully answered your question, but if not please add a comment and I shall respond in due course. If your question has been answered, then please let me know by taking a moment to rate my answer.

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http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/film_mf_slr/index.html

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Hey stella27,
I am including a link to a PDF download of your manual, and instructions on how to turn the fill flash on and off is on page 26 of the user manual. I hope this helps!

http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/film_af_slr/index.html

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