Through many conversations, emails asking for help, and talking to new and aspiring large format photographers, I have developed a comprehensive introduction to getting started with large format photography in video form because it is much easier to learn and understand the concepts visually for most people.
I have broken the information into three modules that align to the classic trilogy by Ansel Adams (The Camera, The Negative, The Print), but I have completely modernized all of the information in addition to focusing in on the most relevant so that you can get up and running quickly.
I walk you through everything you need to know in order to get started in large format photography in this three-module video workshop series. My focus is on practical application and I purposely avoid discussion of engineering principles and advanced mathematics.
You will also get access to my private course development email distribution list where we discuss the development of the course and you have an opportunity to share your input and ideas to help shape the final course.
I will be announcing progress and updates via my Darkroom Newsletter at http://www.timlaytonfineart.com/newsletter
MODULE 1 - THE VIEW CAMERA
- Welcome and Introduction
- Visual Tour of a 4x5 Large Format View Camera (standards, bellows, ground glass, fresnel)
- Pearls of Wisdom Based on Your Style of Photography (discuss landscape, architecture, still life, and portrait genres)
- Review Types of Tilts (base, axis, asymmetrical)
- Lens Overview (standard focal lengths, shutters, image circle, maintenance, real-world tips)
- Lens Boards (types, sizes, terms)
- How To Check For Lens Coverage In The Field
- Film Holders (types, loading film technique, usage, tips for care and field use)
- Common Tools & Items For Your LF Kit (lens spanner wrench, cleaning materials, loupe, magnified reading glasses, lens cloth, measuring tape, etc.)
- Filters (filters b/w and color film types, filter holders, lens hoods)
- Tripod & Head Review
- Rise & Fall Movements
- Shift Movements
- Swing Movements
- Front Standard Forward Tilt Movements
- Back Standard Forward Tilt Movements
- Back Standard Backward Tilt Movements
- Most Common Movements & Examples
- 12 Point Field Checklist & Tips for Recording Technical Details During Exposure
- LF Quick Reference Cards For Common Movements
- View Camera Summary & Buying Tips
If you want to sign up for Module 1 - The View Camera right now while it is being developed, you will save 25% and have early access to the videos as I develop them. Use discount code LFEarlyBird at checkout to claim your discount.