Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the 8x10 camera, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
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We are going to start today talking about film.…Something very special to me. It's been much of my career.…Today digital is very important.…I still shoot film as well as digital.…Probably two-thirds of our work is digital, but a very important other third is film.…This camera, the tradition of this camera, goes back to the beginnings…of photography.…You may remember seeing people put this cloth over their head and…take pictures a century-and-a-half ago? Well, that's what we're going to be doing today.…
Why? Because it will give us a very special and quite different image and a very…special area of that is a camera that's been a friend of mine for a long time.…It's an 8x10 Deardorff.…So this is the front end.…This is the lens and what we do is we make it open like that and the aperture is wide open.…It's not stopped down, it's wide open.…You have shutter speeds here on top and you have the aperture.…These are settings that you can adjust focus.…You can change all sorts of things.…
You can correct lines if you are shooting architecture.…
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.