Ditch the Digital and Get Your Analog On

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About This Quiz

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?

Apeture is the opening of the lens that allows light to come through.

How will a does a smaller aperture mean?

The smaller the aperture the less light comes through, meaning you'll get a larger depth of field.

Natural light is important in film because:

Having optimal natural light will help save time in post-processing and will add realism to any photograph.

What does "dodging" refer to in film photography?

Dodging means lightening a dark spot by prolonging exposure during development.

What does "burning" refer to in film photography?

Burning refers to darkening a lighter area by shortening exposure during development.

What's the best weather to shoot in?

Cloudy days provide nice cover, instead of the strong light of sunny days.

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

Digital images will always be as good as what they were shot on; film can be improved upon by getting better scans as technology progresses.

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

A wide angle lens will capture crisply a sea of flowers; a telephoto lens will capture one flower's bloom in detail.

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

Making incremental changes in F stops and apertures will let you see how they affect your pictures.

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

Balancing a picture without keeping it perfectly centered is very helpful to a pleasing look.

What's the rule of thirds?

The rule of thirds states that imagining three vertical and three horizontal lines on a picture and then putting points of interest at the intersection(s) is going to create a balanced image.

What does "developing" film really mean?

Developing actually refers to only making negatives of the images, not printing them into photos.

Is it possible to make a darkroom in your home?

Sure; all you really need is a light-tight room and access to water.

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

Doing it yourself is ideal if you know what you're doing; otherwise, go to a professional lab.

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

Changing your height is going to help your viewer see things in different ways.

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

You'll can use pickling vinegar mixed with water for your stopbath.

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

Professionals will probably be more fastidious and skilled when it comes to developing film, but if you're not too picky go ahead.

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

F stop is simply another way of referring to aperture size.

What's better: a digital or film camera?

Being organized means not only a more relaxed attitude, but the ability to stay on task.

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

The old adage says, "if you're photos aren't good enough, you're not close enough."

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