Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Making selects, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
Here we are in the next stage of working with the Francesca pictures.…The portrait, I feel, worked very well, emphasis on hair, and working with the 8x10…camera, pretty exciting and very special stuff.…So let's take a look at the film for the first time.…These are the chromes and I have barely seen them.…But let's see what we have in this box.…What surprises do we have and how are we going to deal with it.…Now, I was mentioning earlier, we used a 300 millimeter lens. That's the…normal lens on the 8x10.…
It's similar to a 50, if you had a 35 millimeter camera.…In other words, your standard digital camera or 35 millimeter camera, 50 is normal.…In this larger camera, making a piece of film this big, it's 300 millimeter.…And what happens is we have-- with this normal lens, you have a…normal perspective.…In other words, it doesn't look like a long lens or a wide lens. It's a…normal perspective, but you get this wonderful diffusion, because you are on…a 300 millimeter lens.…And this was the Nikkor that we used.…
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.