- A large format camera: The film requires a big camera, like the ones with the accordion-style bodies for which you need to throw a cape over your head to focus and compose your shot. I have two and both cost me less than $150 each on Craigslist.
- Lots of lights: I used three dedicated photography studio strobes that total 2,000 watts of total power. It's enough to leave big, pink, residual blobs in your vision after you have your picture taken. You can do without this, but you'll need to shoot in direct, bright sunlight unless your subject can stay perfectly still for minutes at a time (they can't).
- Film: For this shoot we used Ilford Harman Direct Positive Paper, which I'll get into the mechanics of later on. It's less than $1 per sheet, which actually makes it cheaper than typical black-and-white film in the 4x5-inch format.
- A safe light: A red bulb to illuminate the room where you'll do your developing.
- Trays and chemicals: A small set of developing trays and a full collection of chemicals (there are three total) should only cost you about $30 total.