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    Event photography with LF

    In my hometown there is a summer festival that includes an "Old Times Market". You are supposed to only sell stuff that belongs in "the old days" (40-50 years +) and be dressed appropiatly. It is very popular and thousands of people visit it.
    What about event photography on such an occassion. A wooden field camera, hood, "look at the birdie", sepia prints to show, dressed like an old-timer. The whole enchilada. You could take portraits against a back-drop, change negatives in a tent and save them in a dark cooler. Afterwards you develope, print and maybe sepia tone them. And post them to the happy owners.
    I was thinking 20€/each + 5 for toning. Would not make any money but could be fun.
    Has anyone tried anything like this? Any experiences? Stupid idea?

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    Its a very good idea in my opinion!

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    Gear up for it and make ready for work. Sounds like you might have some fun and get paid to do it, not to mention putting some experience under your cap.
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    Great idea.

    How about "Polaroid" 4x5s?
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    What I'm wondering is wheter you would get any customers? Or just stand there the whole day while everybody is taking pictures of you and your antique equipment with their shiny new digitals. And then it starts raining......

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    Event photography with LF

    I am reposting this from another forum as I hope to get some more feedback and/or info on this. Has anyone tried it?

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    In my hometown there is a summer festival that includes an "Old Times Market". You are supposed to only sell stuff that belongs in "the old days" (40-50 years +) and be dressed appropriately. It is very popular and thousands of people visit it.
    What about event photography on such an occassion. A wooden field camera, hood, "look at the birdie", sepia prints to show, dressed like an old-timer. The whole enchilada. You could take portraits against a back-drop, change negatives in a tent and save them in a dark cooler. Afterwards you develope, print and maybe sepia tone them. And post them to the happy owners.
    I was thinking 20€/each + 5 for toning. Would not make any money but could be fun.
    Has anyone tried anything like this? Any experiences? Stupid idea?

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    Last edited by Mats_A; 04-06-2010 at 02:56 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I think it is a wonderful idea. Perhaps you can do it with somebody that does the darkroom bit while the customers are doing their shopping. I think you can do within an hour developing negative and a contct print. If you test it before hand you can decide wht the epxosure times would etc. Would it be 8x10?
    I know of a photographer that does something like that as well. All dressed up and using an old view camera. Let us know how it went afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter de Groot View Post
    I think it is a wonderful idea. Perhaps you can do it with somebody that does the darkroom bit while the customers are doing their shopping. I think you can do within an hour developing negative and a contct print. If you test it before hand you can decide wht the epxosure times would etc. Would it be 8x10?
    I know of a photographer that does something like that as well. All dressed up and using an old view camera. Let us know how it went afterwards.
    Hmm.. an 8x10 would of course be simpler as you can sell contact prints. I was thinking 4x5 and enlarging and posting the prints. But a 1 hour Old Time photo boot would be very hard on logistics. IF you get many customers you have to have a setup running to and from the darkroom. And I was thinking of FB papers so there is the matter of drying.

    The funny thing is I don't even own an LF camera yet. What would be a good set for this? Must look right but also function. What lense size?
    So much I don't know.

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    Logistics would be hard. But I do think that contact printing on 8x10 would be quickest. With a jobo processor you would be able to devolop the negatives. Then contact print and develop. The drying you can do with a press so you can get a glossy finish. I would give it a dry run first so you can finetune the process. Also you if it gets really busy you can stop an hour before closing time to get everything done.

    Anyway if you do 4x5 you would need a 4x5 enlarger as well. I can't recommend a wooden field camera but there are lots of people who can. Good luck with your choices.
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    great idea but, I think you could & should charge more.

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