It's not as hard as it looks. If you've ever been intimidated by, or even questioned the idea of shooting portraits on large format film, maybe George and Jack can help.
There's certainly an intense intrigue surrounding the taking of photographs with any camera that consumes huge, individual sheet negatives. George Muncey and Jack Harries begin their discussion around the commonly-asked question surrounding the immense cost of these negatives. It isn't until you actually put one in your hands and realize it is upwards of ten times the size of a 35mm negative that you truly understand the gravity of the medium. The living room conversation then gets taken outside where Harries and Muncey take turns producing natural light portraits of one another while Muncey (clearly the expert here) discusses each and every step behind the mechanics of shooting with a 4x5 view camera. Instead of taking the direct instructional approach to shooting film, this video utilizes a more candid and casual "fly on the wall" method. It is refreshing to watch someone teaching the ropes in a friendly, organic way as opposed to your regular one-on-one instructional film.
Some philosophy gets introduced as well when the pair finishes up their portrait session by shooting on some medium format roll film, and it's back to the living room for a discussion about the practical value differences between the formats.
Do you think large format is worth it, especially compared to 6x6 or 6x7 medium format?