The Analog Camera

The Analog Camera

    Digital capture has completely changed photography. The digital won, it is cheaper, quicker, and easier to work with, more accessible to everyone. There are almost no downsides when compared to traditional wet chemistry. For me however, there still is value to be gained from taking a craft and reducing it to the very simplest form, and shooting a view camera with large format film is kinda like that. The large format view camera is about as simple as a camera can be made. It is really not much more than a box that on one end holds a lens, and on the other end holds the film. You might think that tearing down your camera to the barebones basic might make operating it a little easier, and that the capability of the camera to make quality images would be less; but the exact opposite is what happens. Operating the camera becomes much more complex, and the larger negatives show even the slightest mistakes even more. The camera does nothing for you, except keep light off of the film. You have to focus and expose the image with no help for the camera. Tilt and shift further complicates the focus, and to make matters worse, trying to see an image on the glass can be incredibly difficult in bright daylight or dim situations. The camera itself is a quite large, heavy and generally awkward to set up and use. Completely dissembled and stored in my pack, it takes about 15-25 minutes to set up and get ready for a shot, so shooting in quickly changing light can be...