Ben Horne: Large Format Photography 101 | Golden Hour



so I don't really know much about the mechanics of these cameras yeah what are the knobs for what are you doing when you adjust the little gears and things on the arca-swiss so so basically when it comes down the camera there's the the back part of the camera which is where the ground glass is which is the you know the images can be upside down on there when you're looking at it mm-hmm and then there's the front part of the camera you put the lens on it some of the knobs are gonna be for focusing it and when you focus it it basically just pulls the back and the front of the camera further apart or closer together so just focusing that lens like an accordion exactly like in a court it doesn't make doesn't make the cool sounds though yeah so that's basically for focusing okay so the lens is a fixed lens and ya know focus gear on the lens itself exactly so the lens is gonna have the the shutter the aperture everything kind of all in one unit really I know it's all mechanical so like a leaf shutter system yeah exactly um and there's like a little flash tank on there and everything so oh but basically everything that you're setting up when you're setting up a photo it's gonna be focused but then every lens you use becomes a tilt shift lens because you can move that lens around you know I have to the side angle it up down and that's what the other knobs are for so you can kind of move that lens in just the perfect angle so that you end up having the plane of focus exactly where you want to be because depth of field is really shallow on large-format yeah and it's deceiving because you think like you know large-format you think Ansel Adams he's like big pictures of the West and everything's tack sharp everything's in focus but you actually have to do a fair amount of work to kind of make it look like that yeah otherwise it looks like you're shooting like a maybe like an F 1.2 lens or something like that and like very little Xin focus so can you compare a Hasselblad to this like what is the difference between medium format large format so medium format I mean there's there's a wide range of different sort of cameras and formats and stuff for medium format and by the way Fuji film just released the GFX 100 and yeah they're calling that large format yeah that seems it's technically a little smaller than most medium format yeah so it's basically they're saying it's bigger than full-frame yeah and digital yeah which is kind of a strange kind of strange move so in your terms large-format is bigger than medium for ya so a large format typically starts at about four by five inch film so four by five 8 by 10 and it actually goes beyond that and those cameras are just insanely huge so that's why they just classify all as large format yeah cuz it's just big yeah and then the medium format will use like the 120 film okay is I think I think six centimeters or whatever yeah and there's a wide variety of cameras that will use those like the hostel odds there's something to Mia's Pentax and they might shoot different shapes I actually used to have a six by 17 camera with panoramic camera for that Fuji made and that was that was kind of a cool camera but I didn't use it enough so I sold it yeah but uh okay so large format is actually bigger than medium format which I am glad I asked you because I actually was under the impression that they were sort of similar but they're not at all yeah in the film world was defined by the medium format cameras are gonna use that medium format film the 120 film and some other formats through the years mm-hmm but large fonts it's sheet film so you you buy a box that has individual sheets of film you load it into a holder and then you try not to mess up and medium format has always been known as a high resolution film itself yeah so I mean large format is insane yeah because it's you're saying 700 megapixels is even possible where the lens is capable of resolving that detail you start run into issues if you stop the lens down too far you hit a diffraction which can limit you sure depth of field is constantly a little bit of an issue yeah but the scans I've done at that resolution is a wide-angle lens and I gotta say I was quite impressed with it it's amazing and the other thing that's really cool about large-format has pretty much every single lens you use is gonna be a really good lens you don't have color fringing you don't have everything else like you don't enlarge that final film very much so you don't get to the point where you see all those flaws in the lenses so almost every lens is perfect and they're also not very expensive yeah because basically when you're shooting 35 or full frame you're viewing it at its maximum oh yeah resolution you know yeah it's almost like putting on a microscope at a certain point cuz you have to if you think if you're shooting a full-frame camera it's what 24 by 36 millimeters and then you make like a print that's you know 50 60 inches wide on the wall yeah you're magnifying that a lot

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