The studio can be an unnatural environment especially for a child, nevertheless for me it is free from interruption, where the models can be at ease and comfortably posed with the studio lighting that will enhance the beauty of the final images.
These photos sessions
cannot be rushed, this is so the children can become comfortable in the studio
When I’m shooting film, especially large format film, you have a lot of time to think about. I may take 6-8 photos in one shoot, that's it; and hope I go that shot????? Nevertheless I also proof with a digital only to make sure studio lighting is correct.
When working with 5X4 film it can be a risky enterprise, particularly if you're shooting large format. Between loading the film, the reliability of your dark slide holders, doing everything in the correct order from loading the film, opening and closing the shutter, setting the ISO correctly while metering, focusing, your subject moving around, dealing with extremely shallow depths of field, and many other possible and unsuspected issue, all can be a big recipe for failure?
The nuts and bolts of the image creation.
Camera: Cambo 5x4 monorail.
Lens: Sinar 360 mm F5.6 Symmar S
Shutter speed: 125.
Knowing your tools.
Light: 4 Bowens DX1000. All on full power.
Flash unit attachments: 1 Octobox 90cm and 3 Softboxes 60cm Film:
Delta 100 5X4.
Developer (ID11) for around 20-25 minutes, temperature 22-23 Celsius. However this depends on bellows extension factor, and F/stop exposure increase.
30 seconds agitation within every minute of development, this is to greatly increase contrast within the negative.
I never use a dryer, for best results dry overnight.
If you have any questions about the equipment or the processing of 5X4 film please do not hesitate to contact me.