My day job as a creative director has me dealing with photographers, directors, talent across many different jobs. Collaborating with all these different talented people is an amazing experience that I am truly grateful for. My son often sees me drawing, writing, talking and directing creative people and scenarios every day. I also spend a great deal of personal time taking images for the pure joy of the photographic art form. So it was only natural for my son to get curious, asking “Dad why do you take photos?” and “how do you take a photo with that camera?”.
A new experience
It’s such a nice feeling to have my son take interest in something I am doing, so I thought it would be best to set him on the traditional path. The path of film.
I decided the best way to teach him would be to learn how to take photos like I did, on an old school SLR (not so old school back in the day). Learning the basics of loading a film, setting the ISO, selecting the right shutter speed and choosing the aperture is an important set of fundamentals. It’s also fun to tinker with stuff.
The camera of choice was the simple Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 loaded with Fujicolour Superia X-tra 400 film. The lens, my Carl Zeiss Tessar 45mm f2.8 lens.
My son loved the camera and was super curious learning about loading the film and tinkering with all the “fancy bits” on the camera.
With the camera set and a sunny day ahead of us, we set out to a few spots in Singapore. We started early, we had a ride on the cable car, shot a few more shots midday, than settled in the evening. Not seeing what we had captured was both exciting and slightly frustrating in this day and age of instant gratification. But shooting film made the shooting experience a more considered and rewarding time.
All in all, we took a few decent shots. We learnt the basics and most importantly we had a bit of fun.
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