I went to a meeting for creatives the other night and we met in a really cool showroom full of furniture and furnishings for rent. I spied a couple of vintage cameras and fell for the looks of this one. It’s a USC Auto Fifty. I know nothing about this type of camera other than what I read today quickly researching the name. I’m pretty sure the top lens is the viewfinder and the bottom lens captures the image. I also found out it was made in Japan, despite USC standing for United States Camera corp.
I have never seriously shot with film. I had a film camera growing up only because digital hadn’t been invented yet. But my camera was a point and shoot and I only knew how to point it and shoot it. It was nothing like the auto fifty below with multiple dials and levers.
I don’t think I’m going to get into shooting with film either, because I’m too cost conscious. I don’t know that I would ever take a picture! However, it would force me to study the light and surroundings so I could get the best SOOC shot that I could.
I took the picture with my phone with Instagram in mind. But I decided to bring it into Lightroom to edit it. I cropped slightly to straighten the composure, but I don’t think you can tell because of the slant of the book that’s standing next to it. Or maybe I made it worse. . . I ran a preset (called Purple Haze) and then added a little bit more grain and made the temp just a tad warmer. Here’s the original:
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