Learn Large Format Black and White Photography from Scratch video-based course is currently under development at this time. However, I am publishing the course outline so that you can provide feedback and suggestions. I created this course to be a complete hands-on guide to learning large format black and white film photography from the ground up.
The final video-based course will be available for less than $100 US dollars you will lifetime access to the current and all future versions.
Large format is my passion and I will continue to add to and update the course over time. The course will be hosted in a community type format so that we can all interact with one another.
I am transparent about the development of the course so photographers can review and comment as I am finalizing the details. Check back often for updates and be sure to email me your comments and suggestions for any areas that you would like included. You can also subscribe to my large format newsletter for current details.
Get ready to dive into the world of large format black and white photography. If you have always wanted to learn large
format at your own pace, then get ready to step into my darkroom with me and I will unravel the mysteries of large format
for you. My goal is to make you feel like we are working side by side together. You can watch the lessons as many times
and as often as you would like.
This course includes (tbd) video lectures spanning over (tbd) hours. *tbd (to be determined)
The course is structured in a linear format and each section builds on the previous.
Learn and Master the Important Concepts in this Comprehensive Course
Realize your dreams of being a large format photographer
Discover why film is making a huge comeback with top photographers
Master the foundations of photography that stand the test of time
Learn how to rate, expose and develop your own film and prints in the darkroom
Learn and apply the power of large format movements to create world-class images
Master Large Format Photography and You Unlock Your Full Creative Potential
The greats before us, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, and many others created world-class images with very
basic large format gear. These iconic images continue to impress us to this day. Every time I visit my local art museum and
view the fine prints of these masters, I am humbled and realize how much potential I have within myself. It is that feeling
that I want you to walk away with from this course.
Downloadable Content: All content with this course is completely downloadable. That way you can take it with you when you are on the road or away from an Internet connection. Please note that all content included in this course are the sole copyright of Tim Layton Sr. and Tim Layton & Associates, LLC and protected under federal law. Please enjoy all of the content for your personal use and respect the copyright laws.
What are the requirements?
You should understand the basic concepts of aperture, shutter and film ISO. Experience with other film formats such as 35mm or 120 medium format would be very helpful, but not mandatory. If you have a passion and desire to learn how to create beautiful photographs using large format gear, you are in the right place.
What am I going to get from this course?
(tbd) lectures and (tbd) hours of course content
Create compelling images using the unique advantages of large format photography.
Create black and white fine art prints in the darkroom.
Understand the most import large format theory and concepts to ensure your long-term success.
Setup a large format camera and prepare it for use in the field or studio.
Control the focal plane for still life photos in your studio and express your creative vision without limitation.
Know how to alter focal perspective and use that to your advantage.
Establish your personal exposure index (EI) for your black and white film.
Control the development of your black and white negatives for (N) normal, expanded (N+) and contracted (N-) scenes.
Use a spot meter for properly establishing exposure in any lighting situation.
Use a large format standard lens to create closeup images.
Identify and select the proper lens for a large format camera.
Perform the full range of large format movements to include: rise, fall, tilt, shift, and swing.
Develop black and white film in trays, daylight tanks, and open trays.
Create proper proofs to confirm exposure and development are correct.
I provide clear and concise instruction on each technique used throughout the class. I don’t assume anything on your part. If you need more help, just review the classroom forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Submit a new question and I am happy to answer.
Section 1 - Course Introduction
Intro video and welcome to the course
Section X - Getting Help
PDF document on how to get help for technical issues related to course content.
Section X - Building a Strong Foundation
Types of Cameras
Discuss and illustrate the two basic types of view cameras - monorail and field camera
Camera Parts (rear std, bellows, front standard, ground glass, lens board)
Standard Lens - How to determine standard lens for each format