New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way—like a learning mixtape.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera
Illustration by
Watching:

Meet Douglas Kirkland


From:

Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera

with Douglas Kirkland

Video: Meet Douglas Kirkland

(music playing) I grew up in a small town in Canada, only 7,000 people. The first picture I ever took was taken with a box camera, a Brownie box camera, and I remember pushing it into my chest, ten years of age at the time, and pushing that device down, and it went clunk. I got the buzz right then and it's never stopped since. Now Speed Graphic was the camera of the time, and if you had this in your hand, as a young man, I have to tell you, you really felt you were hot.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera
41m 36s Intermediate Jul 15, 2011

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

In the Douglas Kirkland on Photography series, well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland explores a variety of real-world photographic scenarios, sharing technique insights and critiquing the results.

This installment follows Douglas as he creates a portrait for Kodak's On Film series, which features portraits of directors, cinematographers, and other major players in the film industry. Douglas has shot nearly 250 portraits for this series over the past 20 years.

The course begins with a discussion of the unique qualities of film—its clarity, definition, and tonal range—and of film's enduring importance in today's digital world. Next, Douglas tours the Mamiya RZ67 medium-format camera, demonstrating its components and comparing its format to 35mm film. He then demonstrates a variety of lighting, posing, and styling techniques while photographing Owen Roizman, an award-winning cinematographer, in the Kirkland studio in Los Angeles, California.

The course concludes with a critique of the resulting photographs. Douglas also shows how he resized and cropped the image to fit a print advertisement.

Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear
Author:
Douglas Kirkland

Meet Douglas Kirkland

(music playing) I grew up in a small town in Canada, only 7,000 people. The first picture I ever took was taken with a box camera, a Brownie box camera, and I remember pushing it into my chest, ten years of age at the time, and pushing that device down, and it went clunk. I got the buzz right then and it's never stopped since. Now Speed Graphic was the camera of the time, and if you had this in your hand, as a young man, I have to tell you, you really felt you were hot.

Turn this way, that way. I mean that was a charge like nothing else. I got a call from Look magazine, and I was basically hired to shoot fashion, and I was the new generation. I was in my mid-20s. The year was 1960. And then my boss in New York called me and he said, "We'd like you to go Las Vegas with our movie editor because Elizabeth Taylor, who hasn't been photographed or had a story done on her for about two or three years now, has said she will give us an interview." I sat quietly in the back of the room as the journalist interviewed her, and I went up to her at the end and I took her hand and I said, "Elizabeth, I am new with this magazine," looking straight here straight in the eye, just like I am you, "could you imagine what it would mean to me if you would give me an opportunity to photograph you?" I was holding her hand still.

Pause. She probably thought she was never going to be released, and then she said, "Okay, come tomorrow night at 8:30." To make a long story short, I did, and I got pictures that ended up really starting my career of photographing celebrities. I had the cover of Look magazine, my first cover, and from then it was like an explosion of possibilities. This camera is the one that I actually used to photograph Marilyn Monroe, this very camera, this 500C.

We went to visit her in her Hollywood home. It was this camera, myself, Marilyn, a wonderful photo session that went on for about three or four hours. I feel a great attachment to this. I have been very careful to hold on to my images. Ever since then, I was always able to keep my pictures, so that's why I have all these books, 15 in all at the moment, I believe. I am best known for my work around entertainment, and these are work from the movies.

They are different times, different places. I have worked on 160 films in all, by our last count. For me, one of the most significant and important areas of working with people is to know your subject, feel sympathetic toward them. You have to feel that I care about you, and I do. Boy do I ever! Because I know that what you have in you is going to make a great image, and honestly, you can have any lens in the world or any type of camera, but if you don't have a subject who's connecting with you, your chances are substantially reduced of getting a good image.

I learned from a lot of different sources and resources certainly and photography in the early days and later on with computers. I asked a lot of people a lot of questions, and I had a lot of wonderful people help me. And frankly, years ago, somebody gave me a lesson that I've really held on to, and I feel this way very strongly: do the same for somebody else. When you receive something good, just pass it along, and I hope that you get out of this something special, and I am trying to pass it along to you. I care about it.

I hope you do. (music playing)

There are currently no FAQs about Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Notes cannot be added for locked videos.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.