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Ditch the Digital and Get Your Analog On
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Whether you're aching for a return to the good old days or simply not yet ready to join the digital revolution, take this quiz to discover some tips and techniques for terrific photography on film.

What is aperture?

  • The opening in the lens.
  • A disease your finger gets from shooting too much film.
  • The technical name for negatives.

How will a does a smaller aperture mean?

  • Worse pictures.
  • You can see a larger scene more clearly.
  • Better pictures.

Natural light is important in film because:

  • You won't have to worry about lightening or darkening as much when developing your film.
  • Natural light will improve the clarity of the subject.
  • Both.

What does "dodging" refer to in film photography?

  • Running from one subject to another.
  • Changing film.
  • Lightening a dark spot.

What does "burning" refer to in film photography?

  • Getting rid of your bad negatives.
  • Darkening a lighter spot in the photograph.
  • Using film unwisely.

What's the best weather to shoot in?

  • Don't shoot outside; it'll ruin your film.
  • Really sunny days.
  • A day with clouds.

What's an advantage of film when it comes to keeping photos for a long time?

  • There isn't really an advantage.
  • When you scan film, you can improve the image as scanning technology gets better.
  • They get all sepia toned and old-timey looking.

You're shooting a photograph of your favorite flower. What lens should you use?

  • A wide angle lens.
  • Telephoto lens.
  • Depends on what you want to capture.

How can you test your camera to see if it has any peculiarities to be aware of?

  • You can't; you're stuck with what you bought.
  • Go on the internet. There are always forums to tell you how your camera is crappy.
  • Take several different pictures of the same thing using small changes in apertures and F stops, then compare.

What is going to be a better composition for a photograph of your mom?

  • Put her straight on in the center of the frame, with a tree directly behind her.
  • Your mom, in a tree.
  • Put your mom to one side of the tree, balancing the tree and your mother for a symetrical composition.

What's the rule of thirds?

  • Imagine a grid on your photo, and put your focal points on the intersection of the lines.
  • Put a third effort, a third lighting and a third skill into each photograph.
  • Take each photo at least three times.

What does "developing" film really mean?

  • Making the film into pictures.
  • Editing film so it looks better.
  • Making the film into negatives.

Is it possible to make a darkroom in your home?

  • Yes, but you have to have a special license.
  • Sure, as long as you have a windowless room and running water!
  • No, it's illegal to use the chemicals in darkrooms in your own home.

You have a roll of film. What's the best way to get it processed and printed?

  • Do it yourself.
  • Take it to a professional.
  • Either.

What's a good way to easily change perspective in photographs?

  • Get on the ground and shoot up.
  • Climb a ladder, and shoot down.
  • Both.

What is one of the chemicals you'll need to buy for a darkroom?

  • Boric acid.
  • Baby shampoo.
  • Pickling vinegar.

Should you give your film to any grocery store or drugstore to be printed?

  • Absolutely not. They will destroy it.
  • Maybe, if you're not too worried about some dust or exposure that isn't optimal.
  • Sure! It's all the same.

What's the difference between an aperture and f stop?

  • They're the same.
  • F stop is how fast aperture goes.
  • Aperture is lens size; f stop is how fast you can press "shoot."

What's better: a digital or film camera?

  • Neither is inherently better.
  • Digital; it's easier to shoot with and edit.
  • Film; it gives a better image and is less expensive.

What's the number one tip most photographer's say for getting a good image?

  • Make them black and white.
  • Climb a tree for a higher shot.
  • Get closer to your subject.