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#1 David Owen James

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:42 PM

Hello,

This is my first post in this forum. I hope there will be many more to come.
I want to break free from the world of digital cameras and focus my energy entirely to shooting on film, as it is the beautiful form of capturing images and I want to keep it alive.

What I'm looking for is a book or two to start me in the right direction. I'm interested in learning the technical side of shoot filming, things like loading a camera, using a light meter, aperture, lense, shutter speeds, how film records lights, processing etc. Something a little more than basic but not too difficult. I'm not looking for a book on cinematography, as in a book that describes the artistic placement of camera, editing etc.

If anyone has a book or two to suggest as a good foundation I would be very grateful. I would love to shoot a film in 16mm this year if I can get the budget together.

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#2 Chance Shirley

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:22 PM

I remember this book...

www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570872856/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=evonmaisde-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&creativeASIN=1570872856

...being a good intro to 16mm cameras.

However, I don't remember it being so expensive. 66 dollars USED? Jeez.
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#3 David Owen James

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:44 PM

This looks great - I had a look through it on amazon.com
It is expensive yes, but it looks worth it.
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#4 Dirk DeJonghe

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:28 AM

I would start with a very basic book about how film 'works': the classic 'The negative' by Ansel Adams. I helped 'convert' several videographers to film and they found it fascinating. Don't get too involved with the mechanics of the camera yet, after all it is only a way to hold up the film against the light.
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:54 AM

I found this very useful
http://www.amazon.co...04772719&sr=1-1

Dated, of course, but you could still do everything this way- not a video transfer in sight.
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#6 David Owen James

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:40 PM

Thanks guys, all great suggestions so far.
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#7 Miles Heckendorn

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:08 PM

I remember this book...
However, I don't remember it being so expensive. 66 dollars USED? Jeez.


It is a great book.....

But you're right that is expensive! I don't remember paying that much. Maybe it's out of print now.

You could check your local library. It's a long shot, but you never know.
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#8 David Owen James

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 05:47 PM

Already checked, not available at the library. So, I just bought it on ebay for $50.
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