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8 x10 camera

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8 x10 camera

ULF Cameras










8 x10 camera

ULF Cameras









       Large format photography should not be viewed as a mysterious medium. Once some relatively simple skills are learned, your freedom of artistic expression can be greatly enhanced. Unlike the 35mm or medium format camera, the film plane and lens planes move independent of each other. This freedom of movement allows you to control perspective, distortion, focus, and depth of field. The added advantage of the camera is that each exposures is on an individual sheet of film, film exposure and development can be controlled sheet by sheet; giving great control over the outcome of each photograph.

    The workshops are designed for all levels of experience. From the novice with thoughts of exploring large format photography, to the large format owner who wants to more deeply explore the capabilities of his or her equipment and materials.


Up coming Workshops

Large Format Camera Workshops
at Camera Commons
Portsmouth/Dover, New Hampshire
Thursday, Sept. 28 - Sunday, Oct. 1  

There will be a maximum of 6 photographers.Only 3 spots left.

Late September and early October is prime time for photographing Northern New England. And what better way to start (or end) a few days amongst the glorious foliage than than spend four days learning or enhancing your skills in using a large format view camera.

 Camera Commons is now in our third year of offering two galleries featuring regional photographers, offering workshops and providing to the community studios, darkrooms, and digital labs, and providing a venue for a community of more than 400 photographers and friends.

For 3 1/2 days in early fall, we will work with photographers who are new to, or simply wish to renew their large format and ultra large format skills. The workshop, taught by Richard Ritter, large format camera master craftsman from Vermont and David Speltz, photographer and founder of Camera Commons, will provide a comprehensive review of everything you may have known but forgotten, or never did know and want to. It is not an advanced class, but one for those who have are seeking to enter, or re-enter the world of large format photography.

Bring your own camera or we will provide you with one.

What we teach:

An understanding of why black & white large negatives make stunning photographs The various types and sizes of view cameras The basics of shifts, rises, falls, why you would want to use them and when Options, selection and use of large format lenses The essentials of a tripod that will provide a shake free image How to compose and focus an image, even though it is upside down Film options and various methods of development for classic and alternative printing The mystery behind the light meter and how to tame it Basic darkroom techniques including proper film processing, and split filter printing The essentials of scanning and how to change the default settings to improve quality

We have access to both the Camera Commons 4000 square foot facility in Dover, NH with all the tools you may need as well as classrooms, a studio with Profoto lighting in case it rains, and perhaps best of all, the New Hampshire and Maine Seacoast with classic landscapes, 17th century building, and good food and accommodations.

Our Camera Commons associates will process your film for you while you are working in class or in the field. You will take home a 12x18 archival inkjet print of the negative of your choice.

For significant others, Portsmouth, NH is a destination venue for many and considered one of the nations top destinations for a holiday. With a population of 20,000 and restaurant seats numbering 24,000 there is no shortage of shopping, eating and entertainment.

For more information please contact David Speltz ( or cell 617-571-8000. Space is limited. The price of the four day workshop is $649 plus a lab fee to cover the cost of film you may use.

Links that may be useful:

​Email now at or call 603-842-4713





Personal Coaching

Does your black and white printing need a tune-up? Do you still feel a little uncomfortable with large format equipment and materials? Have you always wanted to learn the Zone System in depth? Do you want help with composition?

 Do you just want a guided tour of some of the lovelier places to photograph in New England? 

I'll work with you to design a program that uses teaches what you wish. Personalized, one-on-one coaching can be arranged for as little as one day, or as long as we agree it might take to accomplish what you want. 

I can help you design a program to meet your individual needs for increasing your comfort and confidence with photography. For most topics, you won't need more than a day or two with us. Expect to work hard, and expect to have a long day.

Personal Coaching costs $300 per day, plus expenses. Lodging is available nearby. Or, we can come to you (perhaps most useful for darkroom tune-ups), for the same daily rate plus travel and living expenses.

Personal Coaching is also available for small groups rates available




For more info contact
R T Ritter

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