Video: This Is What It's Like to Shoot With a Large Format Film Camera

A top-level overview of what it's like to shoot with an 8x10 camera

I was lucky enough to learn how to shoot with a large format camera back when I was in college. I loved it, but I haven't done it since, and frankly, may never do it again. And while I think it's an abundantly rewarding process, it's also one many photography enthusiasts will never get to try. This 15-minute Youtube video going around the web today gives a nice overview into what the process is like.

It's not a comprehensive overview and you won't necessarily be ready to start exposing sheets after having watched it, but if those big accordion cameras are totally foreign to you, it acts as a nice introduction.

When people say that large format film photography is a "slower" process than most people are used to, they really aren't kidding. So, give it a watch and it might just be something you're very interested in trying.

Now, you can pick up decent 4x5 cameras (the one in the video is an even bigger 8x10 camera) for a few hundred dollars. Of course, you'll also need to buy the film, which is a few bucks for every shot you make, and you'd probably be well-suited to have your own darkroom if you want to develop and print the photos.

From: Reddit