Large format photography [Introduction to field cameras]

This workshop is open to all those photographers who want to approach large format photography, giving a complete overview from an introduction to view cameras, to the production of contact prints; the program provides a full immersion workshop during which attendants will be addressed to the analysis of large-format cameras, film sheets loading and large format shooting techniques, in addition to technical elements of exposure metering with the zone system.
The workshop includes darkroom sessions where attendants will develop their film sheets and produce contact prints on fiber base paper.

A good general knowledge of photographic techniques is required, mostly referring to exposure metering. A Toyo 45A large format field cameras will be available during the workshop, to give each attendee the opportunity of a complete shooting session.

Workshop program

day 1 – friday

9.30 – 10.30 a.m.: arrival in Alfedena, registration and accommodation;

10.45 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.: introduction to the workshop and LF view cameras: the camera, the negative format, tilt and shift;

2.30 – 6.00 p.m.: loading the cut film holders; advanced exposure metering with the zone system;

6,30 – 8,00 p.m.: first guided shooting session;

8,45 p.m.: complimentary welcome dinner.

day 2 – saturday

9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.: second guided shooting session;

2.30 – 5.00 p.m.: darkroom guided session: film sheets processing;

5.15 – 8.00 p.m.: darkroom guided session: contact printing;

day 3 – sunday

9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.: darkroom guided session: contact printing;

3.00 – 5.00 p.m.: final discussion and conclusions.

The program is to be considered indicative and subject to change if necessary to facilitate or better organize the work of the attendees.

Tuition: euro 350,00

Maximum no. of participants: 6

Tuition includes: cut film sheets, chemicals, photographic paper, use of darkroom, welcome dinner and and overnight accommodation (two nights).

Tuition does not include: other materials and anything else not expressly mentioned.

Accommodation: overnight accommodation is included in twin/double/triple bedrooms in Sali d’Argento guest house. It is anyway possible to manage any specific demand – according to availability – in other local hotels, guest houses and b&b.

Membership: Sali d’Argento membership (20,00 euro) is mandatory and not included in tuition; membership allows taking part to activities and expires on dec 31 of each year.