Help me fool my film camera
June 29, 2012 8:08 AM Subscribe
How can I trick the auto-exposure setting on my film camera?
posted by Devils Rancher to media & arts (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently acquired a Canon AE-1 and I just got back my first roll of slide film. I'm pretty happy, but I feel like it slightly over-exposes, set on auto, by my tastes, anyway. I want to fool the auto-exposure into taking shots maybe 1 full stop less exposed. My first thought is to set the ASA dial to a faster speed than the actual film. So say I'm shooting Fuji Velvia 100 -- if I set the ASA dial to 200 will that trick the camera enough? Is there a known source of math for this?
I can't do this in post, as I'm shooting slides, and intend to project the originals as part of an anachro-AV program.