WORKSHOP: Ultra-large Format View Camera Workshop

Have you ever wanted to try an 8 x 10 camera, or work with an alternative printing process? In this hands-on workshop, students will work with an 8 x 10 camera to experience the making of large negatives and learn the advantages of the format. After learning to use the camera students will go on a field trip to work with the camera and expose film. While the workshop will introduce photographers to the 8×10 format, it will be a completely Fine Focus Workshop. Some large format photography experience is required. You need bring nothing except prints for our print review.

We will provide complete 8×10 camera outfits for each student, including camera, lens, tripod and head, dark cloth, film holders, and film. We’ll have darkroom facilities to develop and proof negatives.

Richard Ritter

Dates and Times:
October 11, 12, 13 – 2013

Class size is limited to 5 students.

For more information on the workshop contact Richard at

Note: A 7 x 17 camera and a 11 x 14 camera is also available for use. You must notify VCP or Richard Ritter

Instructor Bio:
Richard T Ritter has been photographing with a large format camera for over 25 years. He has developed a distinct perspective in photographing the land and its elements. His black and white images often focus on shapes and textures; small aspects of the natural environment offering unexpected contrasts and patterns which produce a mystical tension.
Richard worked at Zone VI Studios in Newfane with Fred Picker for 15 years. There, Richard was responsible for the design and construction of many fine photographic Zone VI products. It was during this period that Richard devoted time to the art of the large format camera and black and white photography. Richard has stated that he gained invaluable insight to the artistic approach of photography by working with and listening to the critical views of some of the key leaders in the arts.
Richard lives in Townshend, Vermont, where he uses his skills as a master craftsman to custom built cameras, to the restoration and repair of large format cameras, and cameras of historical importance. Richard is recognized world wide as an expert on the lager format camera and photography.


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