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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    I meant to ask how many shoot large format film commercially?
    I do.

    Would a potential client be turned off if they knew I/You shot film only?
    No. If so, they didn't tell me, and I didn't care.

    Question:

    If a client wants my style, why should he be turned off if he knows I'm shooting film? Is film bad? Does film have less value? Does it have viruses? Does it cause heart attacks? Does it make you fat?

    Oh, sure, film doesn't have as much hype as digital (whatever digital might mean to the dumb people out there).
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    I shoot both 8x10 and 4x5, scan the neg/tranny and ink jet print them.

    I sell my work through my website: www.quietlightphoto.com

    And at:
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    I'll use my 4x5 for some commercial work, but mostly black and white fine art darkroom prints in galleries, high end hotels, luxury home remodels which I already do in medium format.

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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    yes ...

    i have another HABS job that I will shoot in the next few days ( as soon as the weather gets better .. )
    all 4x5 sheets of film, all contact printed on azo ...

    ... i also process b/w film for a local lab when they get a straggler roll ..
    sometimes in "normal" developer, sometimes in coffee ...

    they aren't turned-off, kind of the opposite

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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    I would also fall into the Kirk category. Most commercial clients these days are not prepared to absorb film development costs and nor are they willing to wait very long before seeing results. There are some situations where the archival concerns take precedence, such as the HABS work, but most commercial enterprises aren't too concerned about longevity. The standards for commercial photography have gone through a phenomenal change in the last ten years. Hardly anybody I knew of in the film era is still in business in these parts.
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    How does one get work with HABS anyway? There are a lot of historical structures and architecture down here in the deep south but I don't know anyone documenting it or anything. I looked on the HABS website and there is nothing listed for where I live, but I know of several historical sites here.
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    Contact your state Historic Preservation dept. Most HABS jobs come through there to one extent or another. They are a ton of work done by a team of people-the photography is just one component of a HABS documentation. So they aren't done willy nilly when some photographers feels like doing one. There is always a driving reason to do one like demolition, remodeling, restoration, condition study, transfer of ownership etc. In a state like New Mexico filled with historic buildings there are only 1-2 done every couple of years. Talk to them and let them know you are capable and interested and maybe they will throw one your way.
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    Cool, thanks for the info.
    Bryan
    My blog about shooting film in south GA:
    valdostafilm.blogspot.com

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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    Yes! Almost religiously with a Technika! Yet, I understand the subject matter, location, workflow and client perception of image and results makes digital a lot of sense. Plus the new medium format sensors are pretty hot! However, beyond quality top-level reproduction, I consider photographic capture a practice of the heart and soul...
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    Re: POLL: How many users shoot large format film professionally?

    David, I'm really curious about your website strategy with a ton of verbiage and just a handful of images, no client list, publications, awards etc. Does that actually work for you?
    Thanks,
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