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Aussie version: Using a LF camera

  1. Wyno
    Hi Guys,
    one of the Aussie APUG members who lives near me in Geelong is thinking about buying a Wista 4x5 and he was saying that we need an Aussie video of how to use a LF camera.
    If you guys think it's a good idea, I'd be willing to do such a video. I've got access to a hard disk camcorder through work. They've been telling me I need to learn how to use it so I can show the students, so it's probably about time I did.
    Let me know what you think.
    cheers
    Mike
  2. SMBooth
    SMBooth
    How would it differ from any other video on how to use a LF camera.... don't get me wrong it a good idea. you could do a series, opening it up and basic set up, applying tilts etc
  3. SteveR
    SteveR
    Hmmm... well, my Wista is currently just around the corner from you Mike, and from the end of this week, I'll be there too, with aaall the time in the world in my hands... until I find a job :P

    I was thinking earlier this year that I would love to get back into short film making, I used to make promos for a couple community groups around here, was always great fu, so I'd be glad to help. However, Shane has a point, would it really be any different from any of the other video's around? I can appreciate that a familiar accent could possibly make it a little more accesible.
  4. OldBikerPete
    OldBikerPete
    What other videos are around showing how to use a LF camera?

    Nobody ever showed me how to use an LF camera, I had to read books, grovel at the feet of experts, carry al their gear for them, polish their dark slides and clean all the mud of their shade cloths.

    It isn't easy if you come from Yorkshire, y'know.
  5. SteveR
    SteveR
    There's actually quite a few floating around the web, of course, they have nothing on actually learning from a REAL person with real experience, but they are out there. Jason Brunner (an Apug Mod) has made a few, all injected with his quirky sense of humour (ie, measuring a lenses focal length in tortellini and Cheetoo's).
  6. Kevin Caulfield
    Kevin Caulfield
    I think it's a great idea, Mike. It would be a help to an LF novice like me.
  7. Wyno
    Wyno
    I think we need to collaborate Steve.
    Mike
  8. SteveR
    SteveR
    Well Mike, I am now officially a resident of Geelong (West), I've even got a sticker for the back of my licence and everything, now that's commitment :P Have you been flicking through the instructions for the video camera while it's quiet there (assuming it's quiet during these holidays, of course)?
  9. Wyno
    Wyno
    It's been kind of....dead is the only word that springs to mind. I'm going to take one home next weekend and play with it, but seeing as you used to make short films, you'd probably be better using than me.
    Hey Pete, the line you used seems suspisciously like something from some very old English comedy, Pete and Dud, or Monty Python perhaps. We were so poor,etc,etc.
    Mike
  10. largeformat pat
    largeformat pat
    Hey guys I have a video from Calumet on using a large format camera, I will try and a mate to put onto DVD. It shows tilts swings and all the set up. I have been so busy as you may have noticed.
  11. Wyno
    Wyno
    That'd be great Pat. One of the guys from Geelong (Gary Higgins who goes by the name of Poisson du Jour) is seriously thinking about getting into LF work and something like that would really help him along.
    Mike
  12. largeformat pat
    largeformat pat
    Have given the tape to my mate to copy. Now we wait.............................................. ..............
  13. SteveR
    SteveR
    Great, I'd be really interested to have a look at this video. All of my large format use (and most of my photography in general, I think... other than the early days with my Dad) has been self taught, as in experimenting, reading, trying to disect other peoples pictures etc. I'd always thought a video would be a great teaching tool, or even better, to be able to go out shooting with someone else now and then! I bet after five minutes of watching this video, I will have thought "Oh damn, is that what I've been doing wrong?!" at least twice...
  14. largeformat pat
    largeformat pat
    Guys,
    Have been so busy, However. The other day I got home and there on the front porch was the video and DVD. Hands up for copies and I will burn.
    Pat
  15. Wyno
    Wyno
    I'll pass this on to Gary. Thanks Pat
    Mike
  16. Poisson Du Jour
    Poisson Du Jour
    Yep! Roger that for x1 DVD please!
    PM for address when you're ready.
  17. SteveR
    SteveR
    +1 on the dvd, would love to have a gander
  18. Kevin Caulfield
    Kevin Caulfield
    I'd love to have one too, please. Let me know how much moola.
  19. OldBikerPete
    OldBikerPete
    I'll put my hand up too, thanks. As for the others, please PM me for an address and with payment information.

    Pete.
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