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Tintypes - Wet Plate 

wet plate | tintype

Around 1851, the tintype was created by Frederick Scott Archer and came into being one of the most widely used photographic methods for portraiture.  It was cheap and affordable which made it financially viable for photographers to be able to sell their work on the streets and in studios.
A tintype is a positive image on a metal plate that has been coated with a collodion emulsion, dipped in a sensitizing bath, exposed and then processed in the darkroom.  This can be achieved under red light, so you do not have to stumble around in the darkness.  It does, however, require good handling techniques, being organized in your workspace and plenty of dedication and practice. 
Step by step guidance will be provided and we will evaluate your work, discussing any issues you have encountered or questions you have.  Protective wear will be provided by our studio and we encourage you to bring an apron to protect your clothes.
Once you have created your first tintype you will be addicted!  
who is this workshop for:
workshop dates:
see bookings for dates
9.30am - 4.30pm 
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what do I need to bring:
comfy clothing | 4 x 5 large format camera | lenses | tripod | shutter release | dark cloth | notebook | apron
what will I take home:
tintypes made on the day | notes | workshop manual | inspiration
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