Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video The Kodak OnFilm series, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera.
So I started my career shooting film, and I'm still doing it today.…I love digital, yes, but I shoot film frequently.…I do it with a big 8x10 camera, but I also do it with the medium format.…The individuals whom we photograph for Kodak are all people who have worked…with Kodak motion picture film, and do continue to today.…For this series, which is called On Film, we've been doing one of them a…month for 20 years.…They are about 250 of them almost at this point, and it's quite a history, but…it's all been done with film, and they've chosen to do it all in black and white.…
It's used in various places, but American Cinematographer is one of the…magazines that you'll always find a cover, a back cover rather, from this work.…Now we have different individuals here.…These are the contact prints. Look at that.…That's the size of the film.…We use a loop, because we look down and we can see, make choices, and then…when we make choices…we mark them this way. And then our finals, we take a set of these to …
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.