5 HOW a camera works

How camera works

Film cameras, regardless of how old they are or what brand they are, all work in a similar way. Understanding the simple mechanics of how cameras work will help you realize how similar they are and ultimately how you can get the best possible results out of yours.


Unfortunately, there are no new SLR film cameras to buy today. There are many used and many in your relatives’ closets. We are sure you can find one for you and enjoy film photography.

A camera sees and records an image in a similar way our eyes do. Light from the world around us travels in straight lines and passes through the lens. The lens focuses them and the image is recorded on the film or a digital sensor.



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