Fine Focus Workshops will hold an 8x10 “Tire Kicker” Workshop in southwestern New Hampshire Thursday evening, Nov. 11, through noon Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

While the workshop will introduce photographers to the 8x10 format, it will be a complete Fine Focus Workshop. No large format photography experience is required. You need bring nothing except prints for our print review.

We will provide complete 8x10 camera outfits for each student, including camera, lens, tripod and head, dark cloth, light meter, holders, and film. We’ll have darkroom facilities to develop and proof negatives. Negatives undeveloped or un-proofed at the end will be completed and mailed to students.

We have lenses of different focal lengths to try and share from 305mm to 480mm. We have 4 Richard Ritters, a Sinar Norma, and a Zone VI 8x10 cameras to use. Meters are Pentax digital, modified by Zone VI Studios. We’ll swap so everyone has the chance to use everything.

Best of all, the tuition for the workshop is $200, less than half the usual $475 cost of Fine Focus Workshops, plus an $85 materials fee. The materials fee covers Ilford HP5 8x10 film, RC proofing paper, chemicals, negative sleeves, and postage. The reduced tuition is to encourage anyone curious about 8x10 photography to give it a try. Richard Ritter and Bruce Barlow think it sounds like a lot of fun.

Workshop fees include bagels and coffee Friday and Saturday mornings, sandwiches, chips, and water for lunch Friday and Saturday. We’ll eat out after darkroom sessions Friday and Saturday night. We’ll supply 8x10 HP5 film, developing chemicals, negative sleeves, RC proofing paper, and postage, if necessary. Students are responsible for transportation to Brattleboro, VT, lodging at Motel 6 (3 nights at about $50/night), Thursday, Friday and Saturday dinners (about $20 each night), and coffee and pastries Sunday morning (variable).

Class size is limited to 6. $50 deposits are required to hold a space. Email Bruce at BBarlow690@aol.com for more details.