Join Douglas Kirkland for an in-depth discussion in this video Welcome, part of Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with an 8x10 Camera.
Hi! My name is Douglas Kirkland and I'd like to welcome you to On Photography.…Today, we're going to talk about the use of the 8x10 camera and the very special…qualities you can get with it.…Here's an Ektachrome I did with it and look at the shallow depth of field.…Very, very delicate, a very special element you can get in these images that you…don't get with any other camera.…Here is the great director, Tornatore, and he was at our home and I…photographed him like 15 minutes with that camera, but it just came in…because I really cared about the man and the camera would give me that…special, very special quality.…
Now let me show you some other images.…I worked on the film Australia and I worked on a lot of movies, but I wanted…something totally different.…So I decided to use the 8x10 camera there and I used all black and white in this case.…This is an Aboriginal gentleman named David Gulpilil.…Nicole Kidman.…And you know how we did this? All available light.…I'm not using any lights on this.…
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.