The One Giant Step: Large Format Photography

From Rolls to Plates

It make no difference if the subject is portraiture, landscapes, or abstracts, there is no other way to be immortalized than on a large format negative. The beauty is having the possibility to provide detail beyond what the unaided eye can see stands as the ultimate goal. The very basic task of creating an image on a multitude of levels becomes a challenge. Accompanying the flexibility that comes with operating the view camera is an increased margin for error. The worst of which is the beginner’s tendency to under-use these capabilities and treat the apparatus as though it was a fixed 35mm or medium format camera. Point. Focus. Shoot. What a waste of a brilliantly versatile instrument. Yet, the results can be still quite amazing. The image detail never ceases to disappoint. 4x5 Images - - A. Reid

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