... and in the world within my mind I'm a (former) basketball player/coach.
It is interesting that the words book and public library haven't been used, up to now, in this thread.
Randy, there are books about LF photography. Two highly recommended ones are Stroebel, View Camera Technique, and Simmons, Using the View Camera. Stop ranting, buy the books, read them, start using your camera.
I'm with eclarke and wy2l. Operating an LF camera is no different from operating any other kind of manual mechanical camera except for the movements, about which there is much information on the Web. The key to learning about movements is experimenting. The results will demonstrate their effects. Not long ago I bought a simple point-and-shoot digital camera, the present-day equivalent of the old box camera and Kodak Instamatic. When I looked up the online manual for this simplest of digital cameras I was amazed to find it contained 127 pages! I hate to think of how complicated the instructions might be for a pro-quality digital model. The old manual-focus Nikon and Leica and Rolleiflex film cameras are so easy to use . . .
Go here for information on Komamura, maker of Horseman http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Komamura
and here for additional information on Horseman products http://www.komamura.co.jp/e/L45.html
if it is deardorff that you have, and are looking for all the info about
there are a few places you can poke around ...
first --- you might contact deardorff .. the family is still making cameras and may have
historical information you are seeking ... http://www.deardorffcameras.com/
second --- contact ken hough, he is a deardorff restorer and historian
if it is learning and understanding how to use the camera ..
go to the library, go on amazon &c find the books mentioned .. or ansel adam's trilogy camera - negative - print
using a LF camera really isn't as hard as you think .. its just a box and a lensboard and film holders
the hardest part of using a large format camera might be loading the film, or remembering to close the shutter
before removing the darkslide .. using the camera really isn't that hard ...
processing the film ... you might look for ansel adams' - the negative
or read what people have written and questions asked here, and the large format page largeformatphotography.info
there is a TON of information to read and help you along.
don't get hung up on the small stuff and if you have trouble with one processing method
try a different one, until you find one you are comfortable with.
good luck !
Wiltw, I believe you came closest to understanding my frustration. Thanks for your links, I was aware of both. I have read nearly everything I can find on LF, including most books available with the Chicago Public Library. I spend plenty of time searching the Internet, when possible I find old catalogs and magazines. They are a great source.
I am interested in photography history and collecting. Cameras are almost easy compared to enlargers, the forgotten child of photography. It seems people preserve most cameras, yet trash enlargers. I now have a nice working collection of tiny to large, enlargers. Too bad I did not start earlier, from the forums and old for sale ads, I gather most darkrooms were dismantled a decade ago. Late to the party, my mistake. From a recent conversation at the Calumet sales counter it seems younger people are picking up 4x5.
I particularly admire this website, http://antiquecameras.net/blog.html I also appreciate View Camera magazine, great reading. I sure there are many other sources to discover. I enjoy casual research, after all nobody making money with this stuff. The owner of Central Camera gave me quite an education one night after closing, thank you Don Flesch. Spoken history is often the best, but it is fleeting in my aging memory.
I do shoot and I am setting up a large darkroom to share with my "Pro Photographer" neighbors, they are very interested. We have 2 in our building, and 4 filmmakers. On the 13th I will be using a 8x10 studio Ansco to shoot Polaroids of visitors to our open house. Sure I could do it with a handheld camera, but the fun is drawing them in with a monster Fujiroid. Now, I need to paint the homemade Ansco reduction back, proper grey...