Short interview with Phillip lorca dicorcia

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Letter to self in one years time.

Dear Sean (aged 22)      PDF

David Dondero

Gregory Crewdson on Ovation TV

Using the Mamiya 711

Over the last two weeks i have also been using another medium format camera. The Mamiya 711. We were also given a Tutorial on how to use this camera as it is more complex when it comes to shooting rather than loading the film. i had never used this camera before so found it a little more difficult to get my head around. my task with this camera was to take photographs of a precious object. i really felt at a disadvantage using this camera for such a task as it is impossible to get close in on an object and very hard to achieve a real sharp focus. This camera has a built in light meter and also has a seperate viewfinder to the lens so when focusing you have to line up the ‘ghost image’ with the actual image in frame. i would like to use this camera again but with different subject matter. i reckon it would be a good camera to use when taking a portrait shot for example. In all honesty, my first impressions of this camera haven’t been good as i found it a struggle to use and very complicated even when taking some very simple images.

Using the Mamiya RB67

Over the past two weeks i have taken two rolls of film on the mamiya rb67. this wasn’t the first time i had used one of these cameras but it was the first time i had loaded the film and learnt the workings of the camera. Previously when using this camera in my earlier education the film had already been loaded and i was only taught how to focus and take an image using it. we watched a ten minute tutorial video on how to take the camera apart and load the film and then how to put it back together ready for shooting. At first i found very confusing as there are a lot of little catches and buttons to press but after a few attempts i got the hang of it. we were then set a task to go out and take pictures with the camera we had just learnt how to use. When put into practice i felt like i really got to know the camera well and feel very confident in using it now. we also did a tutorial about how to use a light meter as when using the mamiya rb67 you need to use one as the camera hasnt got it’s own built in. once again, after you put what you learnt into practice i feel like i can now use a light meter comfortably and also achieve correctly exposed photographs.

First negative scans.

Here are some of my first negative scans using the Nikon coolscan.