Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for the shoot, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
Shooting with the 8x10 requires organization and preparation and these are…some of our pieces.…This is the film, critical. We have one stack of black-and-white here.…The other is color.…We have a light meter, very important.…Why?…Frankly, using this camera, the game changes a little bit because it's big,…it's got long bellows at times, and the exposure is different than you think of it.…We are shooting in the black-and-white with Triax and we shoot Ektachrome 100…with the other film when we want color.…I prefer not shoot color negative because I like to be able to digitize the…images and I find that I can usually digitize chromes easier than I can color negs.…
Here is the light meter, a traditional light meter, nothing special.…The interesting thing is the Triax is rated at 320, but you know, I have learned…and this is, I am telling you, a reality.…We find that in this large camera, it's almost impossible to overexpose a negative.…That may seem extreme, but in other words, put a lot of exposure.…
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.