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Learn to create large, detailed negatives using large format cameras.

Through mini lectures, in-depth demonstrations and hands-on shooting experiences, students will learn the techniques and skills required to work with large format cameras. We'll explore how camera movements affect perspective control; how to focus the view camera; and how to use a light meter for accurate exposures. Students will be encouraged to think about ways to advance their individual aesthetic and conceptual goals.

We'll also discuss practical matters that arise when using the view camera in real-world situations, such as transportation and storage of equipment, camera and lens choices, and how to work with sheet film.

In the darkroom, we'll process our large format film, producing silver contact prints and enlargements from our negatives.

  • Large format camera (optional)
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Light meter (optional)

Noah Addis is a documentary photographer currently based in Columbus, Ohio. His work has been published in numerous publications including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, People, US News & World Report and Life's Year in Pictures. He has been awarded fellowships from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the Independence Foundation and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. His current work focuses on informal settlements and unplanned development in the world's major metropolitan areas.

  • How to operate a view camera
  • Camera movements: base v. axis tilt, front v. rear movements
  • Developing and printing from large format negatives
  • Large format portraiture demonstration
  • Practical discussion of equipment and materials
  • Aesthetics
  • Demonstrations
  • Film Processing
  • Lecture
  • Darkroom Printing
  • Shooting
Who's it for?

Photographers with an understanding of the principles of exposure and basic darkroom practices who wish to create negatives with large format cameras.

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  • Non-members: $375 + lab fee of $60
  • Members: $391.50


Weekend Workshop
Saturday & Sunday
10am - 5pm