Sunday, November 27, 2011
If you aren't a serious photographer, "medium format camera" probably means nothing to you, but basically a medium format camera is a camera that takes pictures on larger rolls of film. Larger rolls of film create bigger negatives; bigger negatives create sharper images that can be printed in larger sizes or sharper images in small sizes. Medium format cameras shoot on film roughly the same size as was used in those old Kodak brownie cameras and create negatives that are at least 150% larger than 35mm negatives.
Of course the word "medium" implies there is something larger, and there is. Large format cameras shoot on single sheet film that is either 4x6 inches or 8x10 inches. Large format film captures even more detail than medium format.
On the weekend that I shot this image of Dave Clark, as well as the earlier image posted this week, I had rented a Mamiya 645AF. I shot black and white negative, color negative and color positive film.
This image was shot on color positive film, which kind of like a large version of film slides, only there isn't a card board case around the film and projectors are not widely available for this size. Color positive film was most commonly used for magazine work.
This film positive was scanned and finished in Photoshop.