Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Large Format Photography Group!
This group is for the large format (LF) photographers, the LFers, from the San Francisco Bay Area who are interested in the large format photography using view or field cameras - a relatively small group of people among a very large number of digital shooters. The group is created to make it easy for the members to meet with the like-minded LFers and get involved in the activities such as the following:
* Location photography at nearby places with the LF gear (we all know it takes a lot more deliberate effort and time to capture a great LF photograph compared to a digital camera)
* Meet and network with the fellow LFers
* Share techniques, exchange ideas
* Show your photography work
* Exchange prints
* Show/look at the photography equipment
* Just have a cup of coffee or lunch with people with the similar wavelength
* In short, any interesting and fun activities related to LF photography that the members would like to do
This group is not just for the experienced LF photographers - if you are just starting out in the LF photography and/or would like to learn LF photography and/or have not bought the LF gear yet, this group is a great way to get into this field - the group members will be more than happy to show you the LF techniques they have learned over the years. On the other hand, if you have no intention of doing LF photography (e.g. would like to shoot using digital cameras/DSLRs), this group will be a misfit for your photography needs and you will be better served by joining other photography groups.
Although majority of the members of this group use film to capture the images on their LF cameras (a digital back on an LF camera is the other possibility), they use both analog techniques (traditional darkroom, enlarger, contact printing, alternative techniques, etc.) and digital techniques (scanning, Photoshop, calibrated monitor, digital printer, etc.) to make the prints.
If you are not sure if this group is for you…
The members of this group use highly versatile but fully mechanical "large format" (LF) film cameras such as the ones shown below. These are not digital SLRs or point and shoot cameras. Here are some photos of the LF cameras:
LF Camera Images
Welcome to the LFers meetup group!
The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Tim S. (Organizer)
Needs a location
How about a weekend up in the high country? camp or stay at tuolome lodge then shoot. Maybe go out to shoot that cabins at mono pass or hike up to elizabeth lake to...
Needs a location
Let's meetup in one of the forest service campgrounds off of 120 or if you want you can motel in Mammoth then meetup and shoot Tufa then sunday hit tuolome on the way...
January 24 · 9:00 AM
Uvas Canyon County Park
Happy New Year!
Let's visit Uvas Canyon county park to start the new year. There is a short and shaded waterfall loop trail. Currently there is little water in multiple... Learn more
May 16, 2015 · 8:30 AM
Garrapata State Park
We're heading back to Garrapata State Park!Let's meet at the parking area under the cypress trees at 8:30 am
Apr 18, 2015 · 10:00 AM
Fort Point, San Francisco
Fort Point has a lot of great places to shoot. I'm planning this for the morning so hopefully it will be less crowded. We will meet at the entrance to the fort at 10.
Jan 21, 2015 · 5:30 PM
San Francisco Print Share, Equipment Show & Tell and General LF Q&A
Meetup host: Angus Parker
Location: Golden Gate Valley Library, 1801 Green St (cross with Octavia St), SF, CA 94123. Downstairs meeting room.
Please print prints made... Learn more
Aug 24, 2014 · 2:00 PM
2nd annual hootenanny and print show
I think that large-format means -at least to me- *prints*, the final expression of your vision. Thus, I hereby suggest that there be a gathering of the LF-folk at my... Learn more
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