Large format cameras: an introduction

Course Dates: 15/06/20 - 06/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Matthew Ward

Discover the beauty, control and contemplative approach of large-format photography, a skilled art form with often spectacular results. Explore large format camera techniques and equipment from focus control to film loading, with expert guidance, demonstrations, and practical exercises.


What is the course about?

Large format photography is still popular due to the detail in the results, the control of focusing and the contemplative approach in using it. This course will introduce you to large format camera techniques and equipment, along with the advantages and disadvantages of working in this way. Practical demonstrations are an important part of this short course, as well as a discussion about digital technology.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“Small groups meant that we could take part in all activities.”
“I liked that Matthew could teach at multiple levels simultaneously.”
“The teacher was excellent, professional equipment.”


What will we cover?

- Camera movements
- Correcting verticals
- Control of depth of field
- Loading film
- Handheld light metering
- Lens choice
- Capturing images using digital and large format film
- Scanning and printing of 5”x4” format film.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- load large format film
- use a handheld light meter
- photograph a scene using camera movements to correct perspective
- photograph a scene using camera movements to control depth of field
- scan and print a large format negative.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will be expected to be fairly proficient in the use of the manual exposure settings of a camera, but a beginner at large format photography.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical course with talks, demonstrations and discussions followed by practical exercises. The course is taught in a dedicated photographic studio.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Film will be provided but you will be encouraged to process any large format film you have shot, which will be at additional cost to you.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further your interest in the theory or practice of photography in a wide range of courses at City Lit. You can find these courses under the Photography section of the prospectus or website.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VY827

Mon, day, 15 Jun - 06 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

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