Recently my school, Taylor University, held a workshop on using medium format cameras. I was pretty excited about this and decided to sign up. These cameras are wonderful to use and give such clear prints when you focus them right. Now you have to deal with the fact that they are a pain to move around and to see the shot since it doesn’t fix the orientation of the image for you. We were to take pictures and experiment with the camera for about 3 days and then come back at the end of the 3rd day and show what we had printed out. One thing I did like is that these were all contact prints meaning no focusing required. You just lay the photo paper down then the negative over that and press it down with a piece of glass and expose it with light.
Now if these cameras didn’t cost over $6,000 I would defiantly buy one. I encourage anyone who is interested in photography or just curious about these cameras to look around for camera shops that have them and play around with them. The camera I used 5×7 negatives and the cameras were provided by Keith Canham who owns Canham Cameras. Keith is a great guy who loves photography and loves building cameras. Keith also is one of the few private owners of a complete Brown Sisters series of photographs by Nick Nixon. Taylor University had the pleasure of having his collection on display in our art gallery, a rare treat indeed. Here are my better prints from the workshop, critique them if you must.