Large format photography

Large format photography

Discover one of the most potent tools in photographic history; the view camera. Learn to use various types of view cameras as well as advanced methods of large format photography such as, for example, in camera perspective control. Discover the commercially available as well as self made materials, and their properties , take pictures both using negatives and inverse developing photographic paper to create unique, in camera, positive prints without the negative. Discover the secrets of a camera essential for historical photography passionates who want to shoot wetplate or glass plate negatives, of a camera, that is still used in some of the best commercial studios. For over a hundred years, the view camera has been the tool of leading photographers. It was the view camera that was used to make virtually all 19th century images as well as most of the 20th century masterpieces. Even today, in the age of digital photography, it offers unmatched image quality and is still used, albeit usually with a digital sensor, in leading advertising studios or in atteliers of outstanding photographers such as Paolo Rovesi. Even the American government, who have recently advertised a 100 000 USD a year job for a view camera photographer, is convinced of the advantages of analog large format photography. Curiously enough the format was recently espoused by the digital world where not only digital backs (that are not truly large format) are available but also cameras with a sensor that is truly 8×10 inches. Unfortunately, for many people large format photography, using a view camera, seems to be something difficult, incomprehensible, complicated, almost impossible to master,...
Pictorial photography – oilprint

Pictorial photography – oilprint

If you have had enough of typical courses with participants diligently copying negatives previously prepared by the tutor and all leaving the workshop with identical pictures that are not really theirs; if you don’t want to go for a course lasting from 10a.m. till 6 p.m. where the cleaning lady pointedly enters the room half an hour before the end, we have a perfect offer for you. What we invite you to take part in is a four day long oilprinting field workshop entirely devoted to oilprinting, during which you will not only use ready made negatives but you will also be able to print your own negatives, which you will copy, with the assistance of an experienced instructor, as oilprints at the same time learning the secrets of the oilprinting technique and creating unique prints. The fact, that the workshop lasts four days means that participants will not only have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the technique, but will really be able to get practice and confidence with the technique; something that is priceless with manipulative techniques such as oilprinting. Constant assistance of the instructor means that errors will be noticed and corrected instantly. Oilprint is one of the most important alternative processes, popular especially with the great pictorial photographers. It allows unrivalled manual control over the final appearance of the print combined with a wonderful rendition of details. Experience acquired with oil printing will also prove priceless when you try the sister process of bromoil. We will begin the workshop by learning how to prepare our own materials, especially the papers which will later be used to create...
Gumprint

Gumprint

Gum bichromate is one of the oldest photographic techniques, older than the silver gellatine print most of us know. At the same time it is a pictorial technique, allowing the photographer a considerable degree of freedom of manipulation while creating the final print and thus enabling him to create visual effects unavailable in other techniques. It was, one could argue, created as an antidote to the mechanical perfection of reproduction and lack of ability to manipulate the resulting image in the other early photographic processes and as such it still works perfectly in the age of mechanical perfection of digital photography.   As it requires much more work than silver or iron based techniques, gumprint was, with time, almost entirely replaced by the much less time consuming silver gellatine print which, in turn, lost its position to digital images. Yet today, when we have become tired of the super saturated, technically perfect digital images, gumprint has once more proved to be a perfect solution. Gum bichromate prints are unique and even their author is unable to make an identical copy; a quality that makes gumprints highly collectible and increases their value. The time and work required to create a single print also foster a special emotional reaction with one’s work. Our workshop is designed for all those who seek something different than the mechanical repetition of technically perfect, emotioneless prints, desiring the creation of each of their pictures to reflect their involvement and passion. The programme includes: theoretical introduction, preparing paper for gumprinting, presentation of gumprints, tips on preparing negatives for gumprinting, making a multilayred gumprint, assessment of prints made during the...