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!
April 18 · 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.
January 21 · 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
August 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
March 29, 2014 · 9:30 AM
Beach North of Jenner
Let's meet at the turn out just north of Jenner.
The hike down to the beach will be steep as well as the walk back up the hill so be prepared for that.
Here is a... Learn more
February 22, 2014 · 10:00 AM
Bolinas Radio Station (Commonweal), Point Reyes National Seashore
Last time we gained access to the Bolinas ship-to-shore station it was quite popular. The station is located in a very remote location in the Point Reyes National... Learn more