Large Format Photography Series Of Blogs And Tutorials Shooting with Large Format is something that was bound to happen at some point and I’m very excited to announce that from this year onwards I will not only dedicate my blogs and tutorials to digital Black and White photography and digital post-processing for black and white, but also to analog photography, or more specifically: shooting with 4×5 large format cameras, developing 4×5 film sheets and the further processing of it via the digital darkroom.
A Hybrid Workflow
In the weeks, months, and hopefully years to come I will increasingly publish articles on large format photography. From the type and choice of large format cameras to large format lenses, the specific use of large format cameras and its unique movements, developing negatives and the use of specific chemicals, scanning for digital post processing to the actual digital post-processing itself. The latter will overlap largely with post-processing of native digital images on my website. It should be clear from this that I’m trying to advocate a hybrid workflow: analog, from the capture to developing negatives, and digital, from the scanning to the final result in the digital darkroom. It’s a very conscious and deliberate choice that I will discuss in the upcoming articles. Basically, the reader should be able to make an informed decision to also seriously consider large format photography and where and how to start, and of course how to actually shoot with it, should the reader be interested. And else, it should be an educational and perhaps entertaining read for all of those who are genuinely interested in photography in all its forms but prefer to shoot digital. What I’m certainly not trying to do is to advocate large format or analog photography in general, as the medium of choice for ‘serious’ or ‘real’ photographers. It is a kind of elitist thinking that I like to distance myself from. It is not a matter of better or larger, it is pure fascination and passion that drives me to also do large format photography. It’s the insatiable drive for variation, exploration and experimentation that makes me do large format photography. I still love doing, and I will keep on doing, digital photography with DSLR’s and with Medium Format cameras like Phase One
. And certainly I will do a side-by-side test of large format with digital medium format and DSLR. It serves no other purpose than to compare what the real differences are and to get an impression of how they relate to each other as a medium for fine-art photography.
One More Thing
Henk Bijl, another large format photographer with whom I frequently shoot, will also publish his own experiences with large format photography, and his Linhof Technika 4X5 camera in blogs on his own website
. Some Youtube videos to accompany the articles are also in the planning. With the articles and tutorials to come, I hope to contribute in a way that will also appeal to black and white analog photographers, but more than that, I hope to broaden the scope of digital photographers and perhaps entice that group to pick up an analog camera. Because it is quite fun! On a side-note: I’ve just released a brand new panel, B&W Artisan Pro, for advanced and accurate editing of black and white photographs in an easy, intuitive and fast way, using unusual non-destructive and innovative techniques that I’ve developed myself. Have a look at the panel here.
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