The Joys of Large Format Photography

What if every time you pressed the shutter, it cost you $5? What would you shoot? Large format photography is about as extreme as it gets, but it gives you images that simply are not possible with 35mm or even medium format. This neat video will show you the process of shooting 4x5 film and some of the images you can create with it. 

Coming to you from Willem Verbeeck, this interesting video follows the process of shooting 4x5 film shots of Los Angeles. 4x5 film absolutely dwarfs both 35mm and even medium format, offering negatives that are almost 15 times bigger than full frame. And with that tremendous negative comes almost unbelievable levels of detail. Furthermore, large format cameras offer useful functions that are not available in smaller formats unless one uses specialty lenses. The downsides are that large format photography requires a lot of specialized techniques, and each 4x5 negative costs around $5, and that is not even including development costs. Still, there is just nothing like seeing a large format print in person, and the unique look and stunning levels of detail that simply are not possible otherwise. Check out the video above to see it in action with Verbeeck. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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