Frequently Asked Questions
What principal format do you use/recommend for your work?
We use Nikon Hi-Res Digital SLR cameras. Digital technology has evolved enough so the resolution of these cameras comes close to the resolution of 4x5 film. We also use the Nikon 24mm PC-E Shift lens as an integral part of our work.
Can distortion be corrected as it can with a 4x5 view camera?
The short answer is yes - to some degree. You need to understand that a DSLR is nothing like a 4x5 view camera. The view camera has more movements available, as well as, a much wider range of movements. A DSLR with a PC (Perspective Control) lens attached affords a shorter range of movements and will not be able to perform functions such as film plane shift or tilt. Because the view camera's lens plane and film plane are independent, each can be controlled as such. On a DSLR, you can only shift and tilt the lens. You cannot tilt the image plane (camera sensor plane).
Approximately how many images can you generate in a typical creative work day?
There are many factors that dictate the final number of images in a typical day. Factors such as furniture, props, lights, spaces, time of day, camera operation, and others all have a final impact on the number of images. When we shoot, we try to capture the optimal angle to make sure that we capture that space in its best light.
Would you consider using other formats?
Due to the maturity of the resolution and techniques available on a DSLR, the answer is no. We have decided to completely abandon the 4x5 view camera and it's shortcomings such as expense, inconsistencies of 4x5 film, as well as, other sophisticated film cameras in favor of the speed, accuracy, and consistency of the digital workflow. We use Apple MacBook Pro laptops and Apple iPad's while on the set so we can incrementally fine tune an image as we shoot. Before we leave the set, the client can personally see if the image captured satisfies their needs or if further tweaking is necessary. If the client is not on the set, the iPad affords us the opportunity to electronically send the image to the client for approval so they can see if we have captured what they need. The Fuji GX617 format camera was used for making our panoramic images. Now, techniques with the DSLR has replaced this older film technology. Not only are the files sharper with better resolution, they are incrementally larger, stitching x number of frames together versus 1 sheet of 2 1/4 medium format 617 film.