Quote Originally Posted by Mark Feldstein View Post
IMHO 8x10 work is hardly a "major learning curve" as someone claimed above. Sure, it's more labor intensive by virtue of size and bulk, but involves the exact same photographic principles as any other type of view camera traditional photography, ie. "exposure, lighting, perspective, depth of field, subject movement (you mean moving targets?)", swings, tilts and so on.

The same person above said they shoot 8x10 because of ". . .the tonal and intense image granularity blow [you] away." I really wish [s]he would explain what tonalty and granularity has to do with the format you're using rather than the way the film is exposed and processed.
I think one could learn on an 8x10 as easily as a 4x5 but as I said in my other post, mistakes are a lot more inexpensive. It hurts less and costs less to develop a landscape and find an out of focus cable release in the foreground. And that is just one of the many common mistakes we all made (or still make).