• Bigger and smaller 5×4 cameras.
  • Have to take care with your photographs and slow down compared to digital
  • Have to do everything yourself, nothing stopping you making a mistake
  • The cameras are stripped down to the most basic idea
  • Very much like a camera obscura
    • have to make the camera longer to focus on closer things and shorter to make it further away
    • the image will be mirrored and upside down
  • The large negative size means there is a sharpness and absents of grain in the images
  • Exceptional quality
  • Are good for extremely shallow depth of focus
  • On these cameras there are these things called movements
  • The movements allow you to shape things you are photographing
  • Good especially for things like architectural photography: they want things to be absolutely straight on. 
  • For this you move the front standard up: allows you to get a perfect shot without parallel lines becoming warped by perspective.
  • Also means you can take a photograph of a fireplace with a mirror above it without being caught in the mirror. You just stand to the side and move these shifts to the side so you get a perfect straight on photograph.
  • Can obviously just use it as a straight box camera
  • What we will be doing today.
  • Take 5×4 inch form (can also get ones that do 10×8)
  • Ansel Adams uses these type of ‘Large Format’ cameras
  • Monorail and field camera
  • Monorail is a lot heavier and bulkier than the field camera.

Photos from the Induction


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