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Old 10-23-2012, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by corsair23 View Post
Thanks for the idea

I had already mentioned that to her, thinking that would be a great solution. But, that doesn't work for her photography club because they are all digital - They take pictures and do all their stuff on the computer. I'm sure this is in part to save cost because they don't have any film developing costs unless they decide to actually print out prints.
I figured that was the case. I find it a bit unfortunate but understandable if it's just a club program. My recommendation then has a few parts.

First, any decent entry level body will suffice. Doesn't have to be new but anything in the 10-12 megapixel range will hold her for awhile. For lenses, I'd recommend a 50 and a 35. Get them as fast as you can afford. In the Canon line, look for a 50/1.4 and a 35/2.0. Those will help with composition skills and getting over the fear of being close to a subject.

Second, have her use the film camera on her own. A roll should always be loaded and this should be the camera she carries with her running around town with you, with her friends, doing whatever. Make a weekend project out of it. One day. One roll. 36 frames. Tell a story.

Third, have her treat the digital like her film camera. The LCD on the back stays off. No reviewing frames until she downloads them.

If she winds up shooting some film, one of the best labs in the country is here in Denver. I've used them for years, starting when they were in LA, and they were the one thing that set me apart when I was freelancing for the magazines.

If there's anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to get in touch. Talking, teaching, doing photography is way more pleasant for me than slinging code.
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