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    New to large format - recommendations?

    I'm new here and amazed at this fabulous website.

    I'm using a 5x4" for college in September and I haven't really understood how to use it so I'm just trying to learn how to load film and master movements.

    Any tips for a starter?

    If anyone can recommend any large format reading I'd be really pleased.

    Thanks,

    Tom

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    if you haven't found it yet, www.largeformatphotography.info has a ton of resources and before anyone else mentions it, there is a free article on the view camera magazine website about it as well.

    Brian
    hi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Smith
    If anyone can recommend any large format reading I'd be really pleased.
    I would highly recommend "Large Format Nature Photography" by Jack Dykinga. It is more than just a book about nature photography, Jack has sections on view camera movements as well as how to use the view camera. Plus, you get to look at the pictures as an added bonus!!!

    See: http://www.dykinga.com/books/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    if you haven't found it yet, [url]... before anyone else mentions it, there is a free article on the view camera magazine website about it as well.

    Brian
    LOL Brian...
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of LF photography.
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    A very accessible book for beginners is Steve Simmons' _Using the View Camera_. Stroebel is more thorough, but might be better as a reference once you're oriented.

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    Many thanks for the welcome guys - I feel like I'm out of my depth (of focus too) with large format. Excuse me if I ask really obvious questions (like how to load film?) in the future.

    I've got my book list and a long weekend so I'll go and try and find some of these titles that you recommend - I've heard of Simmons - he seems to be a popular intro to large format. Will check out Stoebel and the other title too.



    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Try this web site

    www.viewcamera.com

    There are several articles in the Free Article secton

    Here is some additional reading

    User's Guide to the View Camera by Jim Stone

    Using the View Camera that wrote


    both of these are more easily read than Stroebal which is better as a long term reference rather than an intro book


    steve simmons

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    Steve

    I'm going to melt with embarrassment. I can't believe you've just replied to my post!

    Can I have your autograph on your book, huh?!

    Thanks for the additional recommendations. I probably will try and find an intro and a reference book. Off to the shops tomorrow to see.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Buy a lot of inexpensive outdated film (ebay is good) and practice with it. You are going to make mistakes so burn up a bunch of throw-away negs and see what you can do. this will save money,introduce you to your camera and get you over the intimidation we all had when we moved into LF.

    John

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