I’ve been nonstop packing and enjoying my last days in Paris, so I promise to get to the questions in my inbox when I have a moment of downtime. I still can’t believe I only have two days left. Eeee!
Q:You just became my new favorite person! lol. I just came back home from my first big trip ( I went to Shanghai, HK, & Taipei) and I'm hooked now. I had never been anywhere before and now I'm hooked! I want to see the world, explore all terrain and learn about all the cultures. I want new experiences and to meet new people and I guess I don't really have any questions for you besides can we be friends?
Girl, I feel you. Isn’t it crazy how that happens?! One trip and you’re hooked.
And to answer your question: DUH, let’s be friends. I’m serious. If we are ever in the same area, let’s grab a beverage of your choice. And this goes for just about everyone. I love making new friends.
Now- July 29 Paris, France
July 29- Aug 01 Seville, Spain
Aug 01- Aug 08 Portugal
Aug 08 Fly Home to Maryland
??- ?? Road Trip with Johnny
Sept 20- Sept 25 Moscow, Russia
Sept 25 Move to Kazan, Russia
I am so excited for everything right now.
Hiking to Lac Blanc in the Grain, French Alps
Friends and Flowers in the French Alps
Q:I love your blog! Your writing is fun and witty but its really your photos that I admire. Any tips for getting started with film photography? I bought a canon ae 1 a while ago but was discouraged after rolls of underexposed photos, blank rolls, etc... Any advice? Where did you learn to shoot so well? Thanks xx
Gah! Thank you so much. Thinking that I know what I’m doing is a serious compliment :))))) I am still learning with every roll and I definitely have moments of frustration with myself and my work. For example, I just got a roll of film developed and my lens was apparently dirty, ruining a bunch of shots -_-.
Anyway, I will do my best to offer some advice. I hope it helps and if anyone has anything to add or correct, please let me know! :)
- This is obvious, but learn how to use your camera. After purchasing my Canon AE-1, months passed before I actually used it. I was intimidated by the seeming complexity of the camera. I didn’t know what the nobs did or what the numbers meant. Thankfully, my friend and film photography connoisseur, Johnny, showed me how to use it. It took multiple explanations for me to finally, kind of understand. If you don’t have a friend who can show you the ropes, I found The Beginner’s Guide to Film Photography to be comprehensible. They explain everything from what ISO means to shutter speed to how film works. Also below I found a pretty useful infograph, that might help you understand aperture and shutter speed and stuff.
- Get comfortable with your camera’s settings. It would suck to miss an awesome shot because you fumbled through your settings, so try to have everything be second nature. I suggest buying a couple rolls of cheap film and testing it out. Take your time. It really helps to do this somewhere you feel safe.
- Find a film you like. Film helps create the atmosphere for the shot. My favorites are Kodak Portra 160 & 400, Kodak Tri-X 400, Kodak Pro Image 100, and Kodak Ektar 100.
- Be inspired! I honestly can’t take a decent photo if I don’t feel a connection to what it is that I’m photographing. You are as much a part of the photograph as your subject is.
- Also, collect works of photographers you like/admire and think critically on why you like them, what makes their photos appealing. Inspiration is important and it reflects through your work. Some of my favorites are Txema Salvans, Martin Parr, Greg Miller, Alexander Gronsky, and others…
- Get your knowledge on. I read some of David duChemin’s "Within the Frame", which was cool until the info became irrelevant to me. Freeman Patterson’s "Photography and the Art of Seeing" has some really good reviews, but I haven’t read it. You don’t have to embrace everything they say, but who knows, they may teach you something new or make you think about photography in a way that you haven’t yet.
- Don’t give up. It takes practice to be good at anything.
- And have fun with it!
Weird night. Got a busted Velib. Failed to put it back correctly. Realized it 25 minutes after. Got frustrated. Stranger offered me a ride on his moto. I accepted. Rode to Velib station. Fixed Velib parking. Don’t owe 150 EUR. Went on mini tour of Paris by bike. Spoke Spanish. Pretty sure he’s 35. Told me how he wants to “conocerme”. Don’t know about that. Anyways, I’m home. #misadventuresofdaniellehise
Q:stumbling upon this blog made my day. i've dreamed of traveling as you do... photographing the world... but... always a reason not to. i picked up a canon a-1 about a year ago, and like you, had no idea what the numbers and knobs meant. obviously still learning but it's a fun experience. best wishes in your travels :)
I’m still learning, too. I just got 4 rolls developed and am not too happy with the results. Oh well, that’s all a part of the process :) And thanks for the support! It’s always nice to meet another film-nerd.
Anyways, I wish you good luck on your journey with film and I encourage you to travel, travel, travel! Happy photographing!