How to Use a 4×5 Large Format Camera

If you’ve never shot with a large format camera before, you might find this video illuminating. In it, photographer Simon Roberts walks us through the process of making prints using a 4×5 plate camera, from setting the camera up to watching the giant prints roll out of the machine.

Because it’s quite a slow process, you think much more about the composition…you take a lot more care and thought in crafting the image.

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  • Bingo

    Freaking awesome.  Makes you appreciate those large prints in a museum so much more

  • Ed Steinerts

    He barely touched on the whole process of large format photography. What about the Scheimpflug principle? Or even what all those swings and tilts of the film plane and lens plane are all for? 

  • Mike Cullen

    No mention of processing or scanning the negs, either. I guess there’s only so much one can cover in a 5 minute video.

  • Kelceycahill

    so… you expected every technical aspect of shooting large format from this 5 minute video? I’m sorry, but your comment just seems pedantic and rude…

  • Ed Steinerts

    Mr. Roberts could have spent a little less time talking about the painfully obvious things about large format photography, as if the viewer has never seen a camera before.

  • Daniel Hoherd

    On the topic of getting a ton of great info into a short video, I gotta say that the Strobist Preliminaries video is packed full of great info.  I wish more videos were done in this fashion.