It is just a few weeks since I took the plunge and decided to start shooting portraits with my 4×5 large format camera. I thought it would be useful to set down my thoughts on my early experiences with the camera as a reference point for future reflection.
First of all a bit about the camera. It is an Ebony 45SU. As the name suggests it takes 4×5 inch sheet film. It has a range of movements on the front and back standards. These enable the photographer to eliminate perspective distortion and to change the plane of focus. Lenses are mounted on the front standard – they are fixed to mounting boards which clip in. Focusing is done by moving the standards either closer or further apart – the bellows accommodates this movement. The image can be seen on the ground glass on the rear standard – this…
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