Focusing the camera
To focus, hold the camera to your eye and turn the lens-focusing ring clockwise or counter-clockwise until a sharp image appears in the center spot of the viewfinder. Th is center spot, the microprism, consists of many diagonal lines which will aid in ultra-sharp and rapid focusing.
Holding the camera
The camera may be held horizontally or vertically. In either case, be sure to hold the camera in a comfortable position. This will help to prevent movement of the camera during exposure and avoid blurred pictures.
• Pressing the camera gently against your face, or supporting the elbow of the hand holding the camera against your body, will aid in steady holding.
• The camera will tend to move more when used in the vertical position.
TAKING FLASH PICTURES
Flash bulbs and electronic flash units are recommended for indoor and night photography and for shooting in shaded areas.
There are two sync. terminals on the Minolta SR-T 101: one is designated “FP”; the other, “X.”
When using an electronic flash unit, set the shutter speed at 1160th sec .. (red figure on dial), and use the “X” terminal.
When using “FP” class bulbs, you can use any shutter speed from 1 to 1/1000th sec., as the flash bulbs synchronize with the release of the shutter. A shutter speed above 1160th sec. should be used in photographing a moving subject with comparatively bright surrounding light.
Attaching flash unit
Slide the foot of the flash unit into the camera’s accessory shoe from the back of the camera, then tighten the screw of the flash unit for secure, wobble-free operation.
Setting correct exposure
To determine the correct aperture for flash photography, get the “guide number” of the flash bulb you are using. Then make this simple computation:
Guide Number : Distance to Subject = Aperture Setting (F-stop)
For example, when flash bulb guied number is 80 (in feet) and the distance to the subject is 10 feet (with ASA 100 film, using shutter speed or 1160th sec.), the F-stop is: 80 : 10 = 8
When using M-class flash bulbs, a shutter speed of 1 /15th sec. or slower is recommended.
Use “blue” flash bulbs generally for color photography.