I'm new to photography. I bought an old AE-1 on Ebay about a year ago, but spent the last 9 months focused on school work. This summer I hope to revisit the art and strengthen my basic understanding.
I chose the Canon AE-1 because it was fairly cheap, reliable, and of good quality. I was able to purchase my camera along with three Canon lenses, bag, and various filters for under $150. Not only does film have a lower initial cost, but it can force a beginner to develop a clear understanding of the principles that govern exposure. I shoot entirely manually so that with each shot I gain a little more knowledge regarding the effects each change of aperture, shutter speed, and focus has on a given situation.
I prefer to keep post processing to a minimum. I might tweak the contrast and brightness or do some cropping, but that is about it. I think the challenge and fun of photography is getting the desired result in-camera. Ending up with an amazing photo through post processing isn't an achievement of photography but one of computer graphic imaging. That's not to say the photos created in this manner are not nice, they can be very nice, I simply prefer to use other methods.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA