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Studio lighting what kind of lights work good, other then professional lighting.  flood light? spotlight? fluorescent light? if so what watts

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All of the lights refered to have color issues ie: the pictures will look washed out using flood or spotlights, and green or blue using flourescents. While you can filter out the colors, and do a white balance to correct for lumenosity differences, these corrections will adversely affect everything else in the pictures. With the digital revolution in full swing, much pro quality lighting and cameras are now available on sites like E-bay at great prices(my $2,000.00 Bronica ETRS now sells for $250.00), so look for some used pro lighting units and avoid the headaches that using household of industrial style lighting units will cause. Get a B&H catalogue, and then look for these items on E-Bay.

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Loaded film, but when to have film developed it was blank


The most common cause is that you didn't load the film correctly.

Hold the camera up to the light with the lens off and the back open. C0ck the shutter ready to fire and press the shutter release as you look through the camera towards a light source. If you see light briefly appear then the shutter is working and you would get some kind of image on the film, even if the shutter was wildly inaccurate. If there's no light, then repeat at all shutter speeds. If you see nothing then the shutter assembly is faulty and the camera effectively becomes a spare part donor as it's not a cost effective repair. If there is some sign of life then the camera probably just needs a good CLA service (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust). Again, not really cost effective, but you do end up with a solid and reliable camera for many more years.

Faulty film loading even catches out experienced photographers, we've all done it. In future, after you load and wind-on the film, check that the rewind crank turns counter clockwise each time you wind the film on to the next shot (you may have to turn the crank clockwise, gently, to take up any slack first).

Aug 29, 2011 | Pentax K1000 35mm SLR Camera

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My pictures have a purple tint to them


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.

Jun 12, 2011 | Canon EOS-AE-1 35mm SLR Camera

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I Have a Pentax Me Super. The camera seems to be in mint condition. Shutter works well, film advances and can also be unwounded without a problem. Only problem is that every time I have gone to develop the...


The camera is almost totally battery dependent for operation. There is just one mechanical shutter speed (the 125X setting). On any other setting the camera needs battery power to fire the shutter. To check the batteries set the camera to M or Auto and halfway press the shutter whilst looking through the viewfinder. With good batteries one of the LED lamps will illuminate between 2000 and 4s continuously. With weak batteries, the LED's will flicker on and off. With dead batteries no lights at all will appear.

Blank film means that the film has not been exposed. If you're sure that the film is advancing correctly then it means that the shutter is probably not operating. To test it, open the camera back and hold the camera up to a bright light with the lens cap removed. Set the lens aperture to it's widest setting (i.e. lowest number) and fire the shutter. You should see at least some light briefly appearing. If not, set the camera to 125X and try again. If no light then you have a faulty shutter assembly. A faulty shutter really needs professional attention, but due to age and a lack of spares you'll find it difficult to find a camera technician who is willing to help unless you pay up front (don't expect much of a refund, if any, if the camera proves to be unrepairable). In any case, the repairs will exceed the camera's value, but given that the same may be said of almost all 35mm SLR's now it's a question of how much do you personally value your camera?

If you do get a professional repair, then take the chance to get the foam light seals and mirror buffer replaced at the same time if it hasn't already been done. The original material will be well into decomposing by now and modern replacement materials don't suffer the same fate, so it's a modest one-off investment. An ME super in good condition is scarce and collectable even though it's not worth much, and far more importantly it's a great camera to use. Shoot on transparencies and scan the results and you can achieve results which are comparable to the best digital SLR's. Unlike a digital SLR, your camera should last much longer if it can be repaired.

Sep 13, 2010 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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My Nikon EM got flooded. Is there any hope for it? Or should I just sell it online?


The EM is an electronically controlled SLR so is usually a complete write off if flooded. Many spares are no longer available and most professional repairers would refuse to attempt a repair due to the very high risk of the camera being returned due to additional failures during the repair warranty.

By all means sell it, but please do the right thing and describe it honestly as a spares or repairs model. But think before you do so as unless in perfect working order it has a very low resale value: you may end up paying more in seller fees than you get for it.

Mar 17, 2010 | Nikon EM 35mm SLR Camera

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My cannon eos rebel x 35mm wont take pictures on auto focus acts like the timing is off. Works fine on manual focus. Have already tried different lenses, batteries, and cleaning.


Your AF module needs to be replaced. Or maybe the mirror part that bounces light to the AF module.

Another possible issue is light. The AF sensors need a certain amount to light to be able to see if its in focus. Some lenses don't allow that much light to pass, so the sensors can't focus the lens. Try a lens that passes more light, like the 50mm f/1.8 or point your lens at a very bright scene.

If increasing the light level doesn't solve it, it needs repair. You might check Ebay for a "parts" Rebel to have spare parts for your good one.

Jan 25, 2010 | Canon EOS Rebel X 35mm SLR Camera

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How do i take photos indoors/ what settings do i use?


alexisalejan,

well first how far away from the stage will you be?
will you be using available light or a flash unit?
shutter speed and f-stop depend on the light source and film speed. (iso )
the faster the film the less you have to use flash, the lower the f-stop the less depth of field you have, the kind of flash is important, most flash units are good for only around 20 ft.
i would use a high speed film and not use flash. flash will kill any colored lights. try to keep the f-stop at least f/8 and the shutter speed no less than 1/60 sec. have fun.

Dec 13, 2008 | Nikon F60 35mm SLR Camera

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Major Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera Problem!!!


The mirror box control mechanism needs servicing ( rubber parts have perished and are gumming up the workings of the mirror mechanism so shutter is not workingrking) . Unfortunatelly this requires complete strip down and so should be done professionally.

Aug 21, 2007 | Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR Camera

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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

Hope that helps

Mar 06, 2007 | Canon EOS Rebel K2 35mm SLR Camera

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