Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting indoors, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
So what we've got here is we have the windows at a distance and that gives you…an impression that you are in a huge room, because you will see them out of…focus as just beautiful lights at a distance.…But it kind of suggests you are in a castle in Europe or something, quite…different from the Hollywood Hills.…So that's a sort of thing we look for, and that's part of the mystery of this…that we can produce with this camera.…You won't believe the image we get.…So this is the back of the camera.…
Once the shutter is open, I come back and I look through what we call the ground…grass here, and it's all upside down.…That's something you get accustomed to.…You will see the framing.…That is obviously the top of the frame and the bottom.…And you make sure there is nothing in there that shouldn't be, and then you ask…yourself, should I go left or right?…You have all these controls.…You ought to keep it very simple, and this is where it happens, but again, it's…why you have to pre-visualize the image as much as possible.…
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.