This course is an advanced study of photography that explores the functions of the view camera and large format photography. The course focuses on methods specific to the view camera, creative lighting techniques both natural and artificial, and the presence of large format in the history of photography. In addition to the technical aspects of the course, emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate ideas and create photographs that are well crafted and thought provoking. Students are asked what the role of large format photography is in our current “point and shoot” landscape? What is the benefit of using a view camera instead of RAW image taken by a DSRL camera? How does large format photography change the student’s approach to taking a photograph? Students are taught how to handle a complex and sophisticated machine that produces a large negative with the highest possible visual quality. Relevant artists, and readings are viewed and discussed throughout the course.