Everything about today’s world is digital, and photography is no different. I have to admit, digital photography has a lot more room for error and it is very convenient.
Back in photography school, I had the privilege of learning how to use all sorts of traditional format cameras — 35mm, medium format, large format — and looking back, I am very thankful for the opportunity. (Although it set me back 2 years in college, but who doesn’t love being in college? Go dawgs!)
The fall of 2010 is when I found my true love: the Toyo 4×5 field (large format) camera.
If you’re not familiar, it’s the one where you have to throw a black cape over your head to see the shot. One of these guys:
This camera changed everything. It changed the way I viewed photography, and the way I composed and shot my photos. It made me view digital photography differently, both the good and the bad. The bad was that no digital camera could compete to the richness in quality and resolution to a large format camera. It also made me realize how much I relied on taking 4-5 shots with digital to get the perfect shot vs. getting the perfect shot on the first try. Using the large format taught me to spend just as much time perfecting my shot on the first try using my digital, instead of getting carried away with the shutter button.
There’s more to discuss on this later — for now, here are a few of my prints from the fall 2010 semester. The general theme was to capture each individual in their own element. They did whatever was most comfortable to them.