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Discover the benefits of working with larger negatives.

Despite the digital takeover, many professional and fine art photographers are still turning to their medium and large format cameras for the superior quality, detail, and increased tonal range that their larger negatives provide.

This class provides a comprehensive introduction to medium and large format photography. Students will start by learning how to properly expose and process medium format film. Then, students will spend class time working with a 4x5 view camera, learning how to operate the camera and process 4x5 film. Finally, students will learn how to scan large negatives to produce high-resolution digital files for inkjet printing.

  • Medium format camera of choice (6-week rentals available for $50)
  • Incident light meter
  • Several rolls of black-and-white 120 film
  • (Large format cameras and film will be provided)

Michelle Cade graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from the University of the Arts in 2014 and a Bachelors of Art in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography and a Minor in Art History in 2011 from California State University San Bernardino. She started working in a darkroom twelve years ago and since then has gone on to work as a photographer in California, Pennsylvania and Maine. Her work has been shown in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Cade focuses on traditional photography and alternative processes, but also has a strong interest in integrating the technology of digital photography into these.

  • Calculating exposure using an external light meter
  • Shooting with a medium format camera
  • Operating a 4x5 view camera
  • Processing 120 and 4x5 film
  • Scanning film to create high resolution digital files
  • Aesthetics
  • Assignments
  • Demonstrations
  • Film Processing
  • Lecture
  • Shooting
Who's it for?

Intermediate-level photographers who are interested in exploring medium format and large format photography. This class is suitable for both analog photographers, who wish to make prints in the darkroom, as well as digital photographers who are interested in scanning film to create high resolution digital files for inkjet printing.

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  • Non-members: $480 + lab fee of $60
  • Members: $486


6 Session Class
3 hours/session