Introduction to View Camera
Learn how to master one of the most powerful, malleable tools in photography! Connect with the camera that photographers have been using since the beginning of photography in this three session, hands-on class. You will be exposed to a new way of seeing, working, and making pictures; once you experience the creative control offered by a view camera, you won’t want to turn back!
In this class, you will learn:
- How to operate the view camera and its movements
- How to make images that are well-exposed and in focus
- How to handle and develop black and white sheet film
- How to make contact sheets and professional scans from your negatives
You will be given two homework assignments designed to get you out into the field with your camera, and we will discuss your results in a peer critique. At the end of this class you will be fully equipped to call yourself a large format photographer!
Participants will receive a 10-hour block of time included in their registration, as well as $15 off of any 1-on-1 tutorial (usually $65) scheduled within one month of the class. If you already own a view camera we recommend that you bring yours, but if not, you may borrow one from Art Intersection. You will be asked to provide one 25 sheet box of 4×5″ black and white film of your choosing.
About the View Camera
View cameras have a front standard that holds a lens and a rear standard that holds film, usually connected by bellows. The standards are adjustable to accommodate a variety of perspective or focus shifts. View cameras are completely manual, and can be scaled to shoot nearly any size of film (though the most common size is 4×5″). Today photographers choose to use the view camera because of the total control over exposure, compositional effects, and stunning image quality it provides. Though view cameras are larger than most other cameras and composing and exposing a shot requires a little more effort, many photographers also appreciate it for these qualities. The slower, more contemplative pace of photographing with a view camera is in direct contrast with the rapid-fire ability of modern DSLRs, and you may find that it helps you better distill your ideas and add clarity to your visual communication.