The Light Eater: The Biggest Challenge of Large Format Portraiture

The Light Eater: The Biggest Challenge of Large Format Portraiture

Shooting portraits in large format film is extremely rewarding. There's a simplicity of the process, from the posing to the static camera position, that helps ground both the photographer and the subject in the moment. Beautiful images may be your reward for such patience, but it's not without its challenges. For me, the biggest challenge shooting portraiture is not working with the camera, but the insane amount of light you need to throw at it. For the uninitiated, here are some facts about the format and its light-eating characteristics that you may need to consider.

Getting to Know American Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith

Getting to Know American Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist who was active from the 1930s to the 1970s when he passed away. He was, as Ted Forbes states in the video, one of the most prolific photographers of his time. Smith is well known as being a master of the photographic essay, and much of his career was spent on the types of longer assignments that are few and far between in the modern world of photography. His works for LIFE Magazine (including Country Doctor) and later the Jazz Loft Project are some of his most well known and enduring projects. Not to mention he was a Magnum photographer as well.

Scanning Film: Options for Archiving and Analog Photographers

Scanning Film: Options for Archiving and Analog Photographers

Lately I've cottoned to the film beat quite a bit here. I've written about Super 8 and about film stock options for analog photography, about the revival of Ektachrome, and about instant photography. I love it all, but I'm also aware of the fact that we very much live in the twenty-first century. We live on computers and we live online, and if photos don't exist in these spaces, they may as well not exist at all. So what can be done about getting photos taken on film, old or new, into a form fit for such a universe? Let's talk about film scanning.

David Bergman Gives Tips on How to Let Clients Show You The Money

David Bergman Gives Tips on How to Let Clients Show You The Money

It's always such a sensitive subject for the creative industry. Money is what the creative industry hates to ask for. but loves to have for their gear and career. So let's get it out there. Professional photography is a business, and in photography, you'll only flourish at it because you love what you do. You'll never become a photographer if you didn't love it. David Bergman gives some good tips when starting out because photographers don't usually know what their images are worth.