For Angela, anyone who wants to take a plunge into medium format photography should consider starting with a Yashica A. In this interview, she expounds more on what she loves about this TLR and why its the perfect gear for beginners.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Weapon of Choice: Yashica A
Tell us more about yourself and what you do.
I was born during the late 80s and raised at the south of Manila before my family migrated to Winnipeg in 2003. I am now in my late 20s and a HR professional based in Toronto. I love books, travel, tea, cooking, chocolates, and music from the 90s. I also maintain a photography-themed Youtube channel camerajin.
Why is the Yashica A your Weapon of Choice?
Ah, choosing is the most painful part! I think it would be my first TLR, Yashica A. As an entry-level camera with minimal knobs and parts to fiddle around I find this very easy to use. Yashica A is a very straight-to-the-point camera. Oh, and also because it is medium format!
Any memorable experiences you’ve had while using this camera?
I spent my summer vacation in Toronto last year to see my fiancé and he told me we will be going to Toronto Islands. We spent the afternoon walking around and taking photos. He brought me to a spot that has a great view of the CN Tower and the Waterfront. He then handed me a rustic wooden box with his proposal and a lovely pearl engagement ring in it. We were already planning our wedding and we have agreed for us not to have an engagement, rings and all, so it came as a bit of a surprise when he still did.
We got married this spring and while I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos with my Yashica A, my awesome photographer gladly took a snap of us with it, something that I really appreciate of him doing.
Would you recommend it to other Lomographers? If yes, to whom do you have in mind?
Absolutely! I would recommend this not just to Lomographers, but to anyone who wanted to try medium format but looking for a bit of a control as opposed to shooting with a toy cameras. You can still set the aperture and shutter speed although the options are limited. It is a recommended beginner’s camera, not to mention a great conversation starter – I got compliments when passersby see it.
When using this camera, what are you favorite subjects to photograph and why?
Urban landscapes, snapshots, or portraits – pretty much anything that catches my attention. I find that my vision and framing change because of the format itself – like my brain is seeing and working differently.
Any tips or tricks with using your Weapon of Choice?
Bring a light meter! As previously mentioned this camera has limited aperture and shutter speed so it is always good to bring a light meter with you. It is also helpful to use the magnifier built in the camera’s viewfinder cover to make sure that your photos come out sharp.
This camera does not have a locking mechanism that prevents you from making an accidental double exposure, so make sure to use an indicator (such as a masking tape) to remind you which frame you are at.
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