My name is Anthony Maddaloni. I'm a professional photographer from Austin Texas, and I'm going to talk about the lens functions on a 4x5 large format camera. On this camera, this is the lens, okay and there are a number of features on this lens that are vital to you using this camera with success. The first part of the lens, if you look up top here, these are a series of numbers and what they are, are the shutter speeds. Now this camera only goes up to four-hundredth of a second shutter speed. Now, that's not too fast, okay, but easily usable. The shutter is set by moving the dial. Very important to work slowly when looking through this and setting your shutter. You, very easy to set it to the wrong number, thus potentially ruining your exposure. Down here is the f-stops, referred to as the aperture. That is what is controlling your depth of field, and also the amount of light that comes in through your lens. Right here, what I adjusted is my shutter cocking device. You need to have that shutter cocked in order for the camera to fire. Right here is the button that let's me open and close the shutter. Very important, cause I need that to be open when I'm looking through the ground glass in the back to get my image in focus. Again, all this is extremely slow as compared to if I was just picking up my digital camera and taking a quick portrait, a quick snapshot of someone. This is the complete opposite, it's like a series of little steps that you have to do in order to get your image. It's kind of like, I like thinking about it as a game. If I forget one of these things it's not going to work. But if I remember everything the potential for it working really well is there. And that's what excites me about working with a camera like this.
When using a 4 x 5 camera, the lens controls the shutter speed. Learn how to use different lenses with a Speed Graphic large format 4 x 5 camera in this free camera lesson from a professional photographer.
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|Synopsis||Large Format 4 x 5 Camera Parts: Focus Rail. Part of the series: How to Use a Large Format 4x5 Camera. When using a 4 x 5 camera, the focus rail should be locked down before taking a photo. Learn how to use the focus rail of a Speed Graphic large format 4 x 5 camera in this free camera lesson from a professional photographer.|
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Film for large format cameras should be loaded in total darkness. Learn how to use the film holder of a Speed Graphic large format 4 x 5 camera in this free camera lesson from a professional photographer.