Requirements: For students who have knowledge of conventional cameras and feel they are up to the challenge of: correcting perspective, focus, distribution, distorting images and racking your soft focus to full effect.

Master Class Private Sessions Available for More Advanced Training

Class Activities:

  • We will spend the day with Sinar P, Sinar C, Sinar F, Toyo 45 F and Sinar P 8 x 10 camera (studio & field cameras) or feel free to bring in your own view cameras
  • Understanding the verbiage.  Terms covered during the course: front standard, rear standard, yaw, swing, tilt, rise and fall, bellows, Copal and Compur shutters, Super Angulon, wide angle, telephoto, close up/macro lenses, rail extensions, monorail, wide angle 'bag bellows, extension bellows, reflex viewer, fresnel, ground glass, zeroing a camera, Grafmatic backs, bellows factor, modern lenses, cable release, leaf shutters, antique brass lenses, & of course apertures & shutter speeds, perspective control & distortion
  • We'll teach you how to properly set-up & use your camera movements
  • Mounting a shutter into a lens board or switch shutters & lens elements
  • Different types of film holders & you will learn how to load film in our darkroom
  • You will process several sheets of film in our SoHo Studio Darkroom in our chemistry
  • All materials to shoot film & process your film in our darkroom are included


Equipment & Supplies Provided: 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 studio cameras and lenses, folding 'field' 4 x 5, Polaroid film, light meter, Polaroid and sheet film. Students can bring their own cameras if desired.

See what excited photographers from the early 1800's when the only shutter you had was your hat and the flash was a tray of gunpowder.  Learn about the advances that have been made with modern cameras and how the camera is used to this day.  A fun hands-on day where we will cover it all up to the moment digital backs were put on cameras.

Large Format Cameras Demystified

Large Format Camera Photography 

1 Day Workshop - $399

11:00am to 5:00 pm