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post by goon1   |  | 
Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
< on 7/17/2020 9:16 PM >

I use the Nikon D3400 and recently got the Nikkor 35mm lens for the f/1.8 (I really enjoy low light photography and wanted to upgrade from my kit lens's f/4).

I was playing around with it at an abandoned daycare and set the shutter speed to 1/4000-2000 and set the aperture to f/5-10. I was hoping this would simulate the natural-looking grain effect that film has, but I'm not sure if I replicated the effect well or just took lower quality and crappier photos.

Please critique away. Any advice on how to simulate the grain/vintage/film effect is greatly appreciated!


Before I started experimenting with the aperture:

DSC_0448 by goon1 !, on Flickr

DSC_0466 by goon1 !, on Flickr


After I started experimenting with the aperture:

DSC_0451 by goon1 !, on Flickr

Version 2 by goon1 !, on Flickr

DSC_0459 by goon1 !, on Flickr

DSC_0460 by goon1 !, on Flickr




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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 1 on 7/18/2020 7:27 AM >

looks better before you messed with them


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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 2 on 7/18/2020 1:55 PM >

You should set your camera to aperture priority. That way you control the aperture so the shutter speed adjusts automatically.

I think the first one looks like it tells a story and I could see it being used in a news article about the closure, but the others don't really show much. The second one needs better composition because of the shape of the tarp. Overall I don't think having the fence in the way looks good.


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post by goon1   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 3 on 7/18/2020 3:54 PM >

Posted by randomesquephoto
looks better before you messed with them


Looking back on it again today, I agree.


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post by goon1   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 4 on 7/18/2020 3:56 PM >

Posted by Steed
You should set your camera to aperture priority. That way you control the aperture so the shutter speed adjusts automatically.

I think the first one looks like it tells a story and I could see it being used in a news article about the closure, but the others don't really show much. The second one needs better composition because of the shape of the tarp. Overall I don't think having the fence in the way looks good.


I agree. I was about to hop the fence so I could get a better angle for the shot, but then I saw a security camera start flashing and I thought it'd be a better idea to come back later when I didn't already flash my face and license plate to the camera.


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post by ryanpics   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 5 on 7/19/2020 5:01 AM >

I hate to sound like a film purist, but I feel like adding grain or purposely running your ISO too high for the look is kinda dumb. I've never shot film and I would love to try though. I personally like to try and get my shots as clean as I can while still matching how it looked in real life. It's good to experiment with stuff like this though.


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post by goon1   |  | 
Re: Cool Aesthetic or Just Bad Quality?
<Reply # 6 on 7/19/2020 9:05 PM >

Posted by ryanpics
I hate to sound like a film purist, but I feel like adding grain or purposely running your ISO too high for the look is kinda dumb. I've never shot film and I would love to try though. I personally like to try and get my shots as clean as I can while still matching how it looked in real life. It's good to experiment with stuff like this though.


I appreciate your idea (and the ISO was sky high on these shots). I think I'm going to keep the camera work pure for now and keep using my disposable if I want a shot to have a more retro aesthetic.


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