Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Digitizing negatives, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
So here are the chromes and negatives and we want to digitize them.…Different ways of doing it, but a simple and quick way that we have worked out…is working with our copy stand, pretty straightforward stuff.…Let me just show you quickly here.…This is simply a lightbox under here and it's daylight quality.…What Jeremy is going to do here is photograph these and put them on the card of…the camera. He is shooting RAWs, and I will put them in my computer, the card.…I will take over the computer, and in Bridge we can-- we have a lot of control…and what we would do is inverse it.…
Now, what Jeremy has done, you see how simple and quick that was?…It's so simple, it's amazing.…I have a macro lens, a 50mm macro lens, and this is a standard copy stand,…nothing unique or unusual about that, and what we're doing is digitizing.…Now, again, the beauty of having your work digitized is that you can put it in…your computer and you can modify it and you can do whatever you want with it.…And we do at times make straight contact prints, but normally I prefer this…
This installment is a love letter to the large-format Deardorff view camera, which shoots a negative measuring eight by ten inches. Douglas begins by showcasing a dozen startling and luminescent portraits from his years working in large-format photography, featuring subjects ranging from celebrities such as Nicole Kidman to Australian Aborigines.
Next, Douglas tours the 8x10 large-format camera, showing how to achieve effects such as shallow depth of field and describing the printing potential that such a large negative permits. He then demonstrates a variety of lighting, posing, and styling techniques while photographing both indoors and outdoors at 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 campaign.