4×5 Crash Course for Artists with Stephen Schafer (Online Learning)
Photo by Stephen Schafer

4×5 Crash Course for Artists with Stephen Schafer (Online Learning)

  • November 15, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Online Learning Class via Zoom

An Introduction to Large Format Camera Techniques

3 hour online Zoom webinar/lecture/Q&A
2 hour one-on-one shooting
1 hour one-on-one evaluation after processing

Swing! Shift! Tilt! The view camera remains one of the most thoughtful ways to create artistic imagery in a world of frames per second, zoom lenses and WiFi tethering. In this new hybrid lecture and mentorship/private lesson online workshop, we will slow down the image making rhythm and explore the artistic control that can be achieved using large format cameras. This class is designed for those who have never used a view camera or those who want to reacquaint themselves with large format basics.

This course will introduce a unique process and methodical approach that can produce images of extreme sharpness or pictoralist abstractions depending on your artistic vision. Learn best practices from choosing and loading film to using view camera’s creative movements for correcting architecture, controlling sharpness or selective distortions. Large format camera sizes and formats will be discussed along with lens choices, metering, movements, traveling and packing to avoid trial and error causing expensive mistakes.

The class will begin with a Zoom webinar, presentation, and Q and A, after which each student will schedule two virtual, private meetings with the instructor. The first private lesson will be roughly two hours and will entail image-making with the view camera. The second private lesson lasts about one hour, after processing of the film, to discuss outcomes and expectations.

Participants can be anywhere with internet service and need their own camera kit (in any large format size), lens, film holders and a way to get film developed by hand, mail or nearby lab. Tuition includes the cost of three hours of private lessons with the instructor.
This course is strictly limited to 8 participants.

Stephen Schafer is a architectural photographer in Ventura, California who began working with view cameras in 1989. He has taught at LACP (JDPW) since 1999 and is one of a few working photographers who continue to make a living making and delivering large format photographs exposing hundreds of sheets of film a month documenting architecture for the Historic American Buildings Survey collection at the Library of Congress. He has built special view cameras for his artistic endeavors and for the documentary work which often takes him to remote places and extremes of sun, wind and snow; there he can be found loading his film holders in motel bathrooms late into the night.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at info@lacphoto.org.

One Session + Three Hours Private Lessons
Dates: Sunday, November 15, 10 am – 1 pm, PST
Enrollment Limit: 8 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels.
Tuition: $595 (includes three hours of private lessons)




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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4x5 Crash Course for Artists with Stephen Schafer (Online Learning)show details +$595.00 (USD)  Expired
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