Quote Originally Posted by sdivot View Post
I'd like to find (or build), a chair with the headbrace piece that keeps the poser's head still during the focusing, film loading, and taking of a LF portrait. Any idea/advice on how I get this done?
Thanks,
Steve
www.scdowellphoto.com
The simplest gadget by far would be a rod with a soft pad on the end which reaches up to the back of the subject's head by some convenient route and against which the subject rests his/her head. Remember that, in contrast to the Daguerrotype days, you are not concerned to keep the subject immobilized for a long period, only to ensure that he/she does not move between focusing and making the exposure. This rod will ensure that front/back movement does not occur, a simple sight on the front of the camera can be used to make sure the subject does not drift to the left or right.