Just an interesting story about cameras, film and freezing weather. I
grew up in Atlantic City and one winter back in the early seventies
the surf froze in wonderful swirl patterns. I was a young teenager
with my first real camera, a Nikormat, aka poor man's Nikon. The air
was crisp and everything frozen around me as I squeezed off image
after image of the surf. And then my film froze up and as I tried to
advance it broke one of the gear teeth that advanced the film. I took
the film back to my basement darkroom and recovered all the images. I
being a pimply poor kid never had the money to fix my camera but found
that it would work and still works to this day by just avoiding taking
that final shot on the roll and rewinding. I love traditional
photography and would truly hate to see it disappear from our schools.
Be that as it may I too have been seduced by the ease and immediacy of
Subject: Re: new photography teacher.
From: "Donna Pumphrey" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 07:40:02 -0400
I agree that conventional photography should be taught before digital
photography. The basics of composition, how cameras work, etc. needs to be
taught if decent digital photography is to be expected. As a
teacher/artist/photographer, I have come to appreciate knowing a way to do
things "the old way."
Another thing to consider is this. What happens if your shiny new
doesn't work, due to cold or heat extremes? I had this happen with a Nikon
digital and was so happy I had my backup "old fashioned" Nikon FM, Cannon AE-1,
and my even older range finder camera. In fact my range finder camera was one
that I used to take long exposure night shots in Alaska. Try doing that with a
digital point and shoot, or even some of the more pricey digitals.
So I agree with Richard, teach the basic conventional photography first, then
move on to digital.