Have you ever wondered about what goes into producing images with a large format film camera? Take a look behind the scenes as photographer Willem Verbeeck tries out large format portraiture for the first time. In the current days of digital everything, it's both interesting and enlightening to see a photographer shooting large format in a film camera. Having never used one of these beautiful beasts myself, I was intrigued by this quick behind-the-scenes video documenting a first time experience with 4x5 large format film.
Willem Verbeeck walks us through his experience with great results. What I thought would be disastrous portrait lighting (sunlight shining directly through a window, casting all sorts of crazy shadows) turned out to be the perfect mood-setter, and the model, a handsome gentleman with outstanding facial hair, was perfect for the atmosphere.
Considering that I don't live anywhere near a place where I could rent one of these 4x5 large format cameras to try for myself, I was particularly interested in seeing how the film was loaded and unloaded, how the focus mechanism of the camera worked, and how sharp and crisp the final results were. Another thing that might inhibit someone from renting one of these cameras is the availability of a negative scanner large enough to accommodate the film.
Do you have experience with shooting large format film cameras? Tell us about your experience and show your results in the comments!