Market Challenge: The Black Box

So, I’ve really fallen over on my goal to post here every day. Between a heavy workload, an injured hand and a funeral to attend (none of them connected), I really let the blog slide. So I think I’m going to change how I use the Shutteresque blog a bit. I’ll post text-y writeups only when I have something to actually write about, and I’ll try to just post photos of mine on a fairly regular basis. Because, let’s be honest… some of those posts were a bit forced.

However, I do intend to keep challenging myself at the Fremont Sunday Market each weekend, and the challenges are worth posting. This week, my challenge to myself was to shoot as if the camera were a film camera — no Live View mode (though I only use that on tripods anyway), no reviewing of shots, no deleting or ‘I’ll just check the exposure’ or anything like that.

I find that I like to shoot film periodically, as it forces me to think more carefully about composition and exposure in my head; I can’t just take four shots to check my exposure for a situation, nor can I review and go ‘well, I could do that a little differently.’ But I only have one roll of film left in the entire house — 24 exposure roll of Kodak TMAX 400 — so I thought trying to shoot digital as if it were film would provide a good challenge as an alternative.

This became difficult, because I started wondering ‘I wonder if this came out well,’ or ‘how did that one look?’ But loading the pictures off at the end of the walk was sort of like unwrapping a present, getting to see how they had all turned out. Most of the best ones were inside the flea market portion of the Sunday Market…

Just a Bird in a Gilded Cage

Grisly Remains

At any rate, I find that just shooting without concern for reviewing or photo-management sometimes helps remind me to focus more on just taking the good shots. Perhaps this is a challenge others will also find useful!


~ by Rachel on March 22, 2009.

One Response to “Market Challenge: The Black Box”

  1. That’s the main reason I shoot film. I love that a shot is done when it’s done. And it’s always exciting waiting for the slides and negatives to come back, unsure of how things will turn out. Sort of like Christmas – it can be wonderful or disastrous. lol.

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