The black/white tab convention is important. Both Saint Ansel and Kodak say that things are done in the way Ian describes. Some people have claimed that "intuitively" they prefer the other way round. I cannot see why. If you find yourself working with a stranger, it might be sensible to ask.
For extra security, there is generally some small feature on the white side, near or on the pull-tab that can be described as rough or textured, so that you can distinguish the sides in the dark.
Sadly there's no universal convention for empty. I simply withdraw the dark slide an inch or so, still in the black/exposed orientation, (so that there's no danger of an accidental but unlikely mistake) and store them somewhere clean. When loading, I remove the slide, dust the holder inside, dust the slide on both sides, replace it with the white side out and then load the film as usual.
I believe there are still single-sided holders made for specialist applications, but Ian would know better.
just the mistakes I make in large format photography if I don't keep my head in the right space are QUITE random enough for me.…or pilots or dentists. I hope not.
But let’s try to be fair. There are people with a genuine interest in accidental effects. This is how the Holga has become popular. Some wet-plate photographers are fascinated by the possibilities of unpredictability. No doubt there are others. Not an interest I share.
Lack of technique is not how to become the most famous tennis player in the world, overnight. Another interest I don’t share, I’m afraid.
Amen Ian. When done well a photograph will transfer a mood, opinion or narrative from photographer to viewer directly - with no need for narration or title.There's a lot in common between poetry and photography in the right hands It's about telling a story or saying something with images.
I don't recall that, but Schneider offered such a 4x5 holder system for a short time:...Did Sinar once make a single-sided holder with vacuum?