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

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

At A Glance

Large Format Workshop

Date: Jan. 5, 2019

Duration: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Max participants: 10

Fee: $550

Instructor: Greg Marinovich

Location: Boston University
Exact venue to be confirmed depending on numbers

Photo Feedback Evening Session

Rejoin the group for a photo review and feedback session following the workshop. Date to be arranged during the workshop.

A one 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.

Through hands-on demonstrations, we will explore the technical aspects of view cameras. Participants will shoot at an outdoor location (preselected by instructor), or at a place of your choice.

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 cameras.

Film can be processed and developed for an additional fee on the day of the workshop.

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.

What will your day look like?

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. 

Additional Information

What is included:

  • Large Format Camera & Tripod

  • Sheet Film

What is NOT included:

  • Parking Fees

  • Meals

  • Accommodation

  • Transportation

  • Processing & scanning of your film (8X10” at 300dpi)