Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Making prints, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
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So here's a printer we're going to work with.…It's the HP Z3200.…This is 44 inches wide, a little bigger than a meter.…This has allowed me to enlarge the image very simply.…And frankly, in the earlier days of before digital existed, getting enlargements…wasn't too easy from 8x10, because they weren't that many enlargers that would…accommodate negative that big.…They did exist, but there were rather few and far between and costly and awkward…to move and get around.…
In fact, some of them were even motorized to put them up and down,…they were that complex.…Anyway, so much easier.…And there we are, it's starting and we're printing on a paper…that's called MOAB fine art rag paper.…Very high caliber of paper and one of the beautiful things about what we produce…here is well, one of the great experts in the field is Henry Wilhelm.…He is considered the foremost expert in longevity of anything photographic,…whether it's negative or the chrome or whatever or a print.…
He maintains the prints from this particular printer they have a life…
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.