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    At the risk of being scolded.....

    OK, I am new to LF photography and started off with a Pacemaker Speed Graphic that I obtained a pretty reasonable price. After familiarizing myself with the controls on the camera I arrived at one simple question, do you remove the ground glass focusing screen prior to inserting the film holder and snapping a shot?

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    You're not the first to ask that. No, the filmholder slips under the groundglass. Pull back on the edge of the frame, and you'll notice it's held down under spring tension. The groundglass frame will hold the filmholder in place. When the filmholder is in the camera, the film should be exactly at the same plane as the groundglass was when you were focusing.
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    David, thanks for not making me feel like an idiot

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnolanphotography View Post
    David, thanks for not making me feel like an idiot
    Dude, after years of doing this, last year I went out and shot a batch of empty film holders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnolanphotography View Post
    David, thanks for not making me feel like an idiot
    So during the second exposure I ever made on an 8x10 sheet of film...

    I pulled the wrong darkslide out of the holder...

    Care to guess where the first exposure was located??



    You're in pretty good - or at least pretty empathetic - company around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Dude, after years of doing this, last year I went out and shot a batch of empty film holders.
    "French film", people used to call that, or so I read somewhere. I don't know why.

    I've certainly never done it. When I shoot without film in the holder, it's just for practice. Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Dude, after years of doing this, last year I went out and shot a batch of empty film holders.
    Been there as well , back when I had my 4x5 , and have shot on the backing paper on my 220 film when I forgot to wind the Hasselblad's film magazine. Ah all those imaginary images.

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    If you haven't made at least a dozen different mistakes while shooting large format, you aren't doing it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis
    If you haven't made at least a dozen different mistakes while shooting large format, you aren't doing it right.
    A dozen?

    That's just the qualifications for your Tenderfoot badge.

    And I'll freely admit that I asked *EXACTLY* the same question as the OP with my first LF camera.
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    My mission is to invent new dumb-a$$ mistakes in my LF pursuits!
    I seem to be doing a good job at it too.
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