What is a View Camera?

September 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Although once common, we don't see a View camera ImageMy large format view cameraAll set up, ready for shooting! often. How many of you even know what that is? Even more rare is to see a female photographer such as myself using this type of camera. The technology is more than 100 years old-no batteries, manual settings only, choose the f stop and exposure time,  set the shutter, insert the film holder.  But for me, the best part is that the image on the back of the camera, which is called the ground glass, is upside down and reversed. Believe me, that can play tricks on your mind!  The great thing about that is how I can abstract the scene, remove labels and look for repetitions, lines, patterns and light. 

My largest camera, an Ebony uses 8 x 10 inch film. The camera itself weighs 10+ pounds and then there is a pack with different lenses, filters, light meters, film holders, dark cloth, cleaning supplies and of course, a tripod. This is not a point and shoot camera!  Some photographers will back pack this gear but I cannot. If I have to back pack, then I take my 4 x 5 Zone VI camera. That is do-able for me. Although all the same gear is necessary, it is smaller and more manageable.

     For more information on this particular camera, click here to check the website.

 

 


 


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