Having finally finished my fall quarter at SCAD I am now enjoying my winter break and reflecting on how my classes went this quarter.
Unfortunately for me I have a bad habit of falling in love with the most expensive photographic processes. This is exactly what happened to me in my large format technique class. It was one of my favorite classes I've taken at SCAD and I've really enjoyed learning how to shoot on 4x5 film. The quality and amount of detail that can be captured is amazing and I am quite happy with some of the work I was able to produce. I feel like after learning how to shoot large format you become more thoughtful when shooting (regardless of what you are shooting with - 35mm, digital, etc). So much goes into each individual shot on large format - setting up the camera and the tripod, metering your exposure, adjusting all your settings, closing and cocking the shutter, removing the dark slide, not to mention the fact that you only have a few sheets of (expensive) film to use on each shoot (and this is all just the capture of the image, after all of this you still have to develop and scan or print the image). All of this can start to feel a bit tedious at times but all the work that goes into it is rewarding and you become a more methodical, focused photographer. You are reminded to take your time and get the shot exactly right, to think about the framing and the composition and every element of the photograph.
Here are some of my favorite photos I took in the class since the last time I posted.
I did a lot of nature photography which is pretty new to me since I usually do mostly portraits and street photography. It was an interesting experience to challenge myself by trying something different.