The Minolta Freedom 3 is a very versatile camera that is very easy to operate, making it the perfect camera for the beginning photographer. Most 35mm cameras require you to adjust the amount of light to be allowed onto the film and to focus the camera. The Minolta Freedom 3 does this for you, as well as advancing each picture to the next frame. You will be able to take professional quality pictures after mastering these following easy steps: (1) loading the film, (2) taking the picture, and (3) unloading the film.
To get started using your camera, you will need a:
Caution: Different films are for different occasions! Just remember that the lower the ISO number (this will be on the film box as 25, 100, 200, 400, or 1000), you need more light and less movement. The higher numbers are for taking pictures inside or where there is a lot of activity.
Before you can begin taking pictures with your camera, you need to put an unexposed roll of film into your camera. This can be done by following these easy steps: (1) opening the back of the camera, (2) putting the film in the camera, and (3) advancing the film.
Opening the back of the camera. This camera will help you load the film. All you need to do is:
Putting the film in the camera. You are now ready to put a unexposed roll of film into the camera. This is done by:
Caution: Film producers recommend that the film should be loaded in low light levels! this is to protect the film from being exposed before it is put in your camera. Do not pull the film out of the cassette except as indicated below.
Advancing the film. The camera will now do the hard work of advancing the film. All you need to do is:
Now that the film has been loaded into the camera, you are now ready to start taking pictures. The majority of the work is done by the camera, but a few easy steps must be followed to maintain a consistent quality in your pictures. These are: (1) holding the camera, (2) framing the picture, and (3) taking the picture.
Holding the camera. Holding the camera is a very important part of picture taking; an improperly held camera can result in blurred pictures caused by camera movement. To ensure a good picture, you must:
Caution: Make sure your shoulder strap is held out of the way of the lens. This can cause pictures to be partially blacked out.
Framing the picture. Framing the picture means getting everything into the picture that you want. To frame a picture:
Caution: Failure to center the focusing box on your subject can result in blurred pictures.
Taking the picture. The final step in picture taking is actually taking the picture. All you need to do is:
Caution: When taking a picture, if a red light appears in the viewfinder, this means the flash needs a moment to charge itself. Wait a few seconds until a greenlight comes on, then take your picture. Failure to wait will result in dark pictures due to lack of light.
After you've finished taking your pictures, you need to get the exposed roll of film out of your camera so that you can get it processed into pictures. This is done by: (1) rewinding the film and (2) removing the cassette.
Caution: Never open the back of the camera before the film is rewound back into its cassette. Doing so will expose the entire roll to light which will ruin all of your pictures.
Rewinding the film. Rewinding the film is easy enough because the camera does it for you, except when you need to remove a roll of film before the end of the roll. To remove the film, just:
Removing the cassette. After the film has been rewound into the cassette, removing the cassette follows the same basic steps as loading the film but in reverse. All you need to do is:
Caution: About 2 inches of film will stick out of the cassette. Do not pull this out of the cassette. This will expose the film to light and ruin any pictures.
Now that you have taken an entire roll of pictures, you can take your film into your favorite film developer to print your pictures. The more you use your camera, the more familiar you will be with its functions and with the composition you like to obtain from your pictures. Enjoy your memories.
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