View Full Version : Movements book or tutorial recommendations

7-Apr-2019, 17:47
I've found quite a few articles about movements with large format, but they are usually incomplete (i.e., they explain some) and do not explain much about the interaction between them.

Does anyone know a good book or tutorial that explain all movements including combinations of them (for example, tilting and swinging together)?

Ken Lee
7-Apr-2019, 18:11
One way to learn (which many of us have followed I suspect) is to just get a view camera and start using it. It's like a learning musical instrument: a little slow in the beginning but eventually you will control the camera without much thought and you will be concentrating on your image.

There are many affordable monorail cameras which provide all possible movements front and rear.

You might find this brief article (http://www.kennethleegallery.com/html/tech/ViewCameraMovements.php) helpful: it shows some cases involving compound movements.

7-Apr-2019, 18:27
I seldom use much movements a little goes a long way. Sometimes a little rise etc.

7-Apr-2019, 18:40
Look for Photo Know-how by Carl Koch and Jost J. Marchesi. Very good tutorial.

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8-Apr-2019, 01:26
Surprised nobody mentioned that yet - Using the view camera by Steve Simmons. Also The view camera by Harvey Shaman and there are a few more, this is just what comes to my mind.

8-Apr-2019, 03:37
My absolute reference is View Camera Technique (https://www.amazon.com/View-Camera-Technique-Leslie-Stroebel/dp/0240803450/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3684I96I6XG9O&keywords=view+camera+technique&qid=1554719723&s=gateway&sprefix=view+camera+tech%2Caps%2C589&sr=8-1)by Leslie Stroebel.

8-Apr-2019, 04:12
My absolute reference is View Camera Technique (https://www.amazon.com/View-Camera-Technique-Leslie-Stroebel/dp/0240803450/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3684I96I6XG9O&keywords=view+camera+technique&qid=1554719723&s=gateway&sprefix=view+camera+tech%2Caps%2C589&sr=8-1)by Leslie Stroebel.

Also a good one, yes. It makes you want to understand in depth the technique of our photography and that is always good.

Tin Can
8-Apr-2019, 05:01
All good answers, Ken Lee's advice is very useful.

My first camera I set up in house and simply tried all the movements on objects at hand. Shift and rise really excited me.

Later subtle tilts became interesting.

That said, many shoot with very few movements as the subject doesn't require them.

DOF is also interesting.

8-Apr-2019, 05:50
The Sinar Photo Know How book is excellent. While it naturally refers to Sinar cameras, the principles are the same for all cameras. The exercises alone are worth the nominal cost of the book.


8-Apr-2019, 08:43
This is a simple, introductory level tutorial about camera movements by Fred Newman, which I found very helpful when I was starting with large format:


Louis Pacilla
8-Apr-2019, 09:26
I have found "Corrective Photography" printed by Deardorff & Sons (now long out of print) & written by Deardorff employee & friend Lewis L. Kellsey to be extremely helpful with wonderful illustrations/explanation of each movement and why/when to use each movement. When I was a LF pup this was very helpful. I believe this can be found somewhere on the internet.

8-Apr-2019, 11:28
Everything I know about LF movements was seeded in the healthy soil of Ansel Adams' The Camera (specifically, Chapter 10: "View-Camera Adjustments"). Over time, I've complemented this resource with several of the good recommendations above.

However, the AA chapter is, I believe, the touchstone of excellent instructional writing about LF movements (often tinged with entertaining drama). Better, it illustrates real-life "problem" compositions w/ in-the-field, before-and-after-movement photos. Even better, drawn diagrams accompany and reinforce all the ideas and solutions with ease. It's one reason why AA is considered a supreme educator, not just a great photographer.

Mike in NY
8-Apr-2019, 16:00
Be sure to check out this good synopsis... reminiscent of some of the illustrations in Steve Simmons' invaluable book: http://www.toyoview.com/LargeFrmtTech/lgformat.html

Ken Lee
8-Apr-2019, 16:58
View camera movements are not only helpful to solve optical problems, they also provide creative options that are unavailable with ordinary cameras except during post-processing, if at all.

For example, this rendition of a Remington Portable typewriter (http://www.kennethleegallery.com/html/tech/ViewCameraMovements.php#Remington) would have never occurred to me using a regular camera. I guess someone could contrive it after the fact, but that would be a different process.

10-Apr-2019, 18:17
Look for Photo Know-how by Carl Koch and Jost J. Marchesi. Very good tutorial.

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Thanks for the Photo know-how recommendation, exactly what I was looking for. I was able to find the complete set with all of the teaching aids included. Abe books is selling this set for over $400 [emoji15] Found a source on Amazon for the cost of a nice dinner [emoji106]

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10-Apr-2019, 18:24
That is a great find!


10-Apr-2019, 19:54
Glad to hear. I found it very helpful and you certainly got a great deal!

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