An introduction to the intriguing world of view cameras, sheet film and large format 4” by 5” photography.

At A Glance

Intro to Large Format

Dates: March 23 & 24, 2019
May 18 & 19, 2019

Duration: 2 days

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Max participants: 5

Fee: $550

Instructor: Greg Marinovich

Location: Boston University, 640 Commonwealth Ave. Boston MA 02215

Level : Advanced


This workshop immersed me into the unique world of view cameras and large format photography—truly a luxury and an exercise. It was acceptable to spend time (for me, hours) composing the entire frame. In a digital age where everything is figured out for you, it’s so easy to get trigger-happy. This process trained me to actually take the time to think—every setting, every factor of lighting—all to take a single frame. With the work you put in, this physical, single frame can be far more rewarding than a hundred digital frames. It’s such a fun workshop, and having a physical result is satisfying. 

- Ann Misaki Singer

A two-day, hands-on workshop introducing photographers to "view cameras." We will present the work of several exceptional creators of large format photography to inspire us.

Day 1

Through hands-on demonstrations, we will explore the technical aspects of view cameras. Participants will shoot at an indoor or outdoor location, preselected by your instructor and depending on the weather.

Several Sinar and Cambo view cameras are available during the workshop, however, prior reservation is required. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own large format camera, tripod and accessories.


We will guide you through processing your negatives and how to make a contact print of the negatives. This is also available as a stand-alone workshop – One-Day Darkroom.

Who is this workshop suited to?

This is the perfect course for the photographer who wishes to explore a new way of approaching their work. Slow down, observe and shoot sparingly. Take the time to use the movements and control of a view camera in a variety of ways. A solid understanding of photographic basics is needed. No darkroom experience is required.

What will your days look like?

Day 1

Morning (9:00am - 12:00am):

Meet at our studio to review the objectives of the workshop. Learn how to understand and interpret light and how it relates to film and black & white photography. Study the use of various view cameras in traditional and nontraditional ways. We will demonstrate a failsafe procedure to prepare and shoot on large format, and also how to use the tilts and shifts that are so characteristic of the genre.

Afternoon (1:00pm to 4:30pm):

Enjoy a light lunch then head off into the field either with the group under the guidance of Greg, or head off on your own. 

Day 2

Morning (9:00pm - 12:00pm):

We meet at our darkroom for an introduction/refresher with emphasis on sheet film and our ability to control the negative contrast. Process the exposed negatives.

Afternoon (1:00pm to 4:00pm):

Make contact prints from exposed negatives. Review the results and discuss the shooting experience as a photo review and feedback session.

Minimum requirements

Every participating photographer is expected to have reasonable competence and should have a working understanding of exposure, aperture, and shutter speeds on a technical and aesthetic basis.

Familiarity with shooting on film or processing is not required.

Reserve one of our Sinar monorail view cameras or bring your own large format camera. If you have questions, please email us at


What is included:

  • Large Format Camera & Tripod
  • Sheet Film (10 x Ilford HP5)
  • Developing chemicals and paper
  • What is NOT included:

  • Parking Fees
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Processing & scanning of your film (8X10” at 300dpi)
  • Additional sheet film