How Does a 35 Millimeter Camera Work?

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A 35 millimeter camera works similarly to the human eye which allows light through the lens depending on how large the aperture and how fast the shutter speed. Understand the workings of a 35 millimeter camera with information from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography.

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In this clip we're going to talk about how a thirty-five millimeter camera actually works. A thirty-five millimeter camera, which is usually an SLR, which stands for Single Lens Reflex camera, flex camera. Sorry, I'm going to take my time with trying to explain this to you guys correctly, it's become so natural to me. The way it works is through the lens, it's kind of like your eye really, the lens of your eye. The lens takes a picture, when you open the shutter, when you click this button, it opens the shutter. Depending on, how wide the lens opens depends on the F-stop, and how long the lens opens depends on the shutter speed. Both of those can be adjusted to do creative things with your picture, but what you want to start out doing is just adjusting them just enough to get the right light that's going to be reflected on the negative, on the film in the back. So, once you take the picture, the picture is actually upside down and backwards, kind of, and it goes through and it hits another lens, and then it is kind of reflected the other way so it turns out right side up when you see it on a negative. But a negative is actually, if you look at it, the opposite, light and dark, of the picture you're going to be getting later on, unless you're using slide film, which I'm not even going to get in to right now. So, once you take the picture and the film is reflected on to the, or the image is reflected on to the film, then you have a negative image. And you can go ahead and get that processed, create a photo book, or what ever you want to do with it.

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