Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting outdoors, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
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Douglas: Read the shadow side.…So Francesca, with this strange big camera, it's a strange process. It's very old.…It's even older than I am.…And what we have to do is we will close the shutter here and then I go and we put…film in and then we take the picture.…But you can't move after we focus, okay?…Have you ever been photographed with some camera like that before?…Francesca: No, never.…Douglas: There you are, okay.…
So a new experience.…This is something from the 19th century originally, the earliest days…of photography.…Okay.…My team ready?…We are ready for film?…Female speaker: Yeah.…Douglas: Okay.…Just stay there Francesca as you are, please.…Female speaker: Closed?…Douglas: It's closed.…I am going to go...…Okay. Yes, all right, yes, yes, 1-2-3, beautiful!…Wonderful!…Okay. Let's wait a second.…
I am going to make a change here.…I have no light right at the moment, so okay. So get the light panel please.…Okay. Now, we're adding light because I want the light to be beautiful on…Francesca's hair first.…I want it to be delicate.…
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.