Large Format Aesthetics
I'm mainly a people/advertising style photographer, similar in vein to this kind of stuff:
however this semester at my college I have to take an LF class and use an 8x10 camera.
My concern is that 8x10, suits a much different style and aesthetic than I'm used to. And thinking about the ultra sharp clarity of LF it seems you'd have to have a different approach to fashion photography, like it'd be more about the clarity and focus of the image rather than the shapes.
anyways does anybody have experience or suggestions about fashion shooting on 8x10 - notable photographers? BTW I don't like Dave Lachapelle or Gregory Crewdson style -- so just a heads up.
You may have look at the recent book of Jim Rakete, "1/8 sec". He's a German photographer, which made the portraits for this book with an 8x10 camera.
The text is in German but you may be more interested in the pictures anyway.
PS the pictures are of German celebrities mostly
Yep! First one that came to my mind.
Originally Posted by rcoda
That may be the point. Academic settings often make artists do something they are not used to, or that they do not want to do.
Originally Posted by aatonpanavision
You can control the shape of objects in the frame better with a view camera than with a fixed camera, and you can control the plane of focus to make things blurred or sharp, as you choose. A view camera isn't as quick to work with as an SLR, but it gives you options you wouldn't otherwise have. You might also look at the kinds of things people are doing in LF with old and historic lenses for examples of alternatives to the slick look (try a search on "petzval" and "verito" to get started).
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The PROCESS of photography is radically different with 8x10
than with smaller cameras. It really isn't about sharpness,
or about film clarity. If anything, it IS about YOUR clarity.
If anything, 4x5 is about sharpness. 8x10 is all about sweat.
The pure physicality of using an 8x10
is what might charge the images you make with a big camera with an emotional intensity
that is not present with 120. If you have to sweat to make a picture, you are engaged in a radically different way than
if you just sit back and be intellectual. Of course, you might just choose to impose your 'look' on a big camera,
and gain nothing from the experience. 8x10 defies irony.
The only hint is that Edw. Weston worked everyday to be able to set up the rig quickly,
shoot, and break it all down and move on. Joel Meyerowitz is really fast when he works with 8x10.
The hard work, the effort, clarifies your vision.
Ever watch a glassblower work ? Same EXACT thing. Have fun. Be willing to transform yourself.
thanks for the thoughts, yeah I don't want to "fight" the camera or impose my look onto something that isn't 35mm like. I learned not to do that when I had a mamiya rb67. I'm super excited to find out where this will take me.
"The hard work, the effort, clarifies your vision."
and practice until it is second nature where all the options are in the fore front of your mind and easily retrieved. I can't speak to 8x10, but this is pretty much how things work for me.
Along with Don, David's points seem right on to me.
LF (the bigger the more true) has some really 'easy' to access abilities -- focus control, dof control, perspective/object shape control and greater ability to render tones.
You could start with Nick Knight take a look at Irvin Penn and then glance at Richard Avendon ,Norman Parkinson and Horst in fact most major commercial ,advertising photographers have shot 10/8 as a matter of course ,you might also find that using 10/8 will help develope your ideas and give you an edge over your fellow photographers , I would also suggest you view the project as a positive way to improve your work and not as a negative pain designed to hinder your vision
The style & aesthetic have nothing to do with format.
What changes is approach, and methodology, a slightly more modern example is david Bailey, he's worked across the formats from 35mm to Large format.
I guess the other thing that changes is chance versus tight direction, with 35mm and even roll film formats you can shoot a lot of images and hope you get a few good images, but with LF it's about supreme control. That needs a lot of confidence and mastery of technique.