In this workshop, you will learn how to make your very own 4x5” tintypes using the wet plate collodion process, invented in the 1850s. Tintypes are positive images created by coating a black aluminium plate with collodion, sensitising it in silver nitrate, and exposing it with a large format camera. The tintype is then developed, fixed, and washed in the darkroom, all before the plate dries out (hence the term “wet plate”). It takes between 10 - 20mins to create each plate.
You will get the opportunity to photograph a professional model with backdrops, costumes, and studio lighting, and create a wet plate fashion masterpiece of your very own!
Please note: some chemicals used in the wet plate process are volatile. Proper chemical handling/safety/disposal will be demonstrated at the start of the workshop and appropriate PPE will be provided. The workshop has limited numbers so the instructor can assist everyone safely.