“I am lucky; my wife supports me,” quips Bill Hao when queried on what his friends and family think of his massive wet plate camera obsession. He spent close to a year crafting the camera and its portable setup (if you can call it portable), and he loves touring his country and taking landscape photos.Continue reading…
Finally, the Intrepid 4×5 is now up for grabs in a sleek, all-black edition, but for a limited time only.
Large format photography is still very much alive, so if you’re keen on getting into the craft, now is one of the best times to grab a camera and get started. There are plenty of options, both old and new, but if you have a taste for large format cameras in modern classic designs, the newly launched Black Edition Intrepid 4×5 will surely be of interest. But, you have to be quick; this gorgeous version of the popular Intrepid camera won’t be up for grabs for long.
If you’ve ever wondered if there are digital backs for large format cameras, the short answer is yes: the long answer is you can make one yourself.
Large format photography is not only still very much alive, but it’s also evolving thanks to crafty photographers who go the DIY route and give us more ways to work with it. Among the most interesting examples are digital backs for digital cameras — even for large format cameras. Read on if that sounds like something you’d like to try for a weekend project.Continue reading…
Tedious and unwieldy as it may it seem, Anton Ivanov prefers to capture perilous peaks using his large format camera and Ilford black and white film.
How far are you willing to take your black and white photography? In the latest episode of Ilford‘s #MyFilmStory series, we meet Saint Petersburg-based Anton Ivanov, who combines his love for the mountains and passion for film photography. Taking on some of the world’s tallest peaks and documenting his adventures with a large format camera and Ilford black and white film allows him to capture the spirit of the mountains and the emotions that come with it.Continue reading…
How big can a vintage Petzval lens get? Markus Hofstaetter shows us in yet another awesome video. Clue: It’s really BIG!
When you’re a wet plate photographer like Austrian wedding photographer and wet plate artist Markus Hofstaetter, you have to be a bit of a handyman and craftsman. He has proven just that in previous videos about preparing his own plates, and making ground glass for large format cameras. However, always one to outdo himself, his latest DIY project involved restoring a 160-year-old MASSIVE Petzval lens he found at a flea market. Whether you’re a bit of a handyman yourself or simply enjoy anything related to wet plate photography and vintage cameras, we’re sure you’ll find this interesting!Continue reading…
Markus Hofstaetter recently shared how he makes ground glass for a large format camera in this cool video.
Austrian wet plate and wedding photographer Markus Hofstaetter has always been our go-to guy when it comes to all things cool about large format photography, especially wet plate photography. Aside from taking impressive, one-of-a-kind snaps, he’s also quite the handyman with his cameras and often makes modifications and DIY parts required by his projects. The latest of these is DIY ground glass for the large format camera. As always, he documented the process in a cool video and shared a bit of information about it with us.
The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder, available in three large-format sizes, gears up to be the first mass-produced dry plate holder in decades.
Over a year ago we learned about Jason Lane and his own hand-coated glass dry plates, and the New Hampshire-based dry plate photographer is back with a new project. After spending the last year collaborating with Steve Lloyd of Chroma Camera, they’re now ready to present the result of their hard work. The ChromaGraphica Double Dry Plate Holder, available in 4×5, 5×7, and 8×10, is now up for grabs for large format photographers via Kickstarter.
All photos by Andy Lee. Used with Creative Commons permission.
Large format remains the imaging format of choice for many portrait photography projects today, given the outstanding resolution and the impressive amount of detail it renders. If you’re learning about this format now and would like to get inspired with some fine examples, Pembroke-based photographer and creative director Andy Lee has some dramatic 4×5 portraits for you to check out.
Hands down, this one of the most impressive — if not the most impressive — wet plate photography projects you’ll see from Markus Hofstaetter.
If you’ve been following the work of Markus Hofstaetter with us for some time now, you’ll know that you can trust him to come up with the craziest and most surprising wet plate photography projects. Well, he’s at it again with his latest work: modifying one of his ultra large format wet plate cameras to shoot stereo photos. If you’ve ever wondered what else can be done with wet plate photography, prepare to be wowed by this amazing project from start to finish!
The Intrepid 4×5 and 8×10 large format cameras are now sleeker and more sophisticated with the latest improvements.
If you’re yet to get your own Intrepid large format camera, now would be a great time to contemplate your options. Intrepid Camera Co. has recently announced upgrades for both of their large format camera models. With this news comes the fourth generation of the 4×5 and the second for the 8×10, and the promise of improvements typically only seen in higher end cameras of its class.
The latest installment of the ILFORD Inspires series takes us to the camera-making and print-making adventures of a large format photographer.
In the newest episode of the ILFORD Inspires series, we are introduced to UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker Brendan Barry, as well as some of the fascinating handmade cameras he uses to create his prints. Whether you have a keen interest on making your own cameras or simply curious about what his creations have allowed him to achieve, you’ll definitely be delighted watching this short film.
If you loved our feature on how old school photography studios are standing out today, here’s our full interview with 20×24 Studio Berlin’s Markus Mahla for additional reading.
We’re confident that some of you are shocked that the film industry is still alive and kicking. If you fall into this camp, you’d be even more astonished to find out that even older, more ancient, antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces.
All images by Danila Tkachenko. Used with permission.
What happens when architectural photography meets conceptual and modernist art? Moscow-based photographer and visual artist Danila Tkachenko gives us an idea through a fascinating project called Monuments. This series explores the boundaries of historical memory by combining abandoned orthodox churches and lightweight structures; elements that are real and imagined. If you’re looking for some out-of-the-box photography projects, this might just be one that inspires you.
Text and photos by David Krooshof. Used with permission.
A month after I bought an Intrepid 4×5 large format camera, I started taking down notes, then reviewed them after nine months. While very condensed compared to other writings, there are also a lot of notes for those who are eyeing to take the plunge into large format photography. It also includes some notes about what to look for in a large format camera. It’s detailed, because I like details. It’s not only technical, but also about what it means to the subject.
Photo above: Angela Davis is an American human rights activist, like my parents were in the sixties. She was very sweet and I am glad that I got this motherly smile from her. I never managed to contact her to give her this photo.
Ever wondered how big Polaroid photos can be? We have the answer in this fascinating video.
If no one has told you yet, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Polaroid films go bigger than the 4×5 peel apart instant films you’ve probably seen. Snoop around at the Polaroid Originals website and you’ll see some handmade 8×10 instant films for large format cameras. But, it gets even bigger than that. How big exactly, this interesting video shows us, complete with a photo shoot!
All photos by Aron Porszasz. Used with Creative Commons permission.
One of the first things we learn about portrait photography is the primary goal of capturing the personality or essence of the subject. Or at least a part of it. Other times, the focus is on the expression and the emotion it conveys. Today’s featured portrait project by Hungarian photographer Aron Porszasz, however, had a slightly different objective: to capture the barest and simplest expressions of his subjects by photographing them in complete darkness.
Building your own camera is always a bright idea, so you might want to give The Standard 4×5 modular DIY large format camera a shot.
If you think you’d like to progress from making your own pinhole cameras to something bigger and more complicated, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. Photographer Drew Nikonowicz offers to give you a head start to building your own large format camera through The Standard 4×5, currently being funded on Kickstarter.
For the latest installment of The Mijonju Show, we get some quick tips on shooting with a large format camera.
In case you haven’t heard yet, everyone’s favorite camera lover and collector Mijonju is back with The Mijonju Show. We’ve previously seen him test and review the MiNT InstantKon RF70 prototype a few months ago. In his most recent analog adventure, he takes us to a quick portrait session with a 4×5 large format camera. Step right up if you’re planning to shoot large format soon!
“Lightcatcher” Kurt Moser tells about his “crazy love story” with a 111-year-old camera in this Al Jazeera short film
A few months back, we had the spotlight on Italy-based photographer Kurt Moser and his mind-blowing project – transforming a URAL 375 truck into one of the biggest mobile cameras in the world to take massive ambrotypes of the breath-taking Dolomites. Today, we learn about how his love affair with wet plate photography started with the discovery of a massive 111-year-old camera.
Ambrotype photographer Kurt Moser has big dreams for his craft. Literally and figuratively.
As if taking on a very challenging traditional photography method called ambrotype wasn’t already a big undertaking, Italy-based photographer Kurt Moser decided to go even bigger. He had the mind-blowing idea to transform a URAL 375 into one of the biggest mobile cameras in the world. The mission? To immortalize the majestic Dolomites in massive ambrotypes taken using the Russian military truck-turned-camera.
Don’t put off that 20×24 Studio experience any longer!
If trying out the fabled 20×24 Polaroid folding camera has been on your photography bucket list, we have some good news for you. The 20×24 Studio, in New York City, has recently announced they will continue to be open for studio and production operations throughout 2018. According to their announcement, there were previous plans to cease operations at the end of 2017. However, that changed with the improvements in reagent recipes and production procedures this summer. With these, the studio saw enhanced performance of the remaining film stock for the iconic 20×24 Polaroid camera.