Learn the process of wet plate collodion tintype photography from start to finish and create your prints with this 19th century process.
Throughout this weekend workshop, participants will learn the history, theory and practice, including the materials used and the exposure, developing and finishing of the wet collodion plates. The wet collodion plate photography process involves pouring a collodion emulsion over a plate and exposing the sensitized plate before the coating dries. By the end of the workshop, each participant will take home up to 8 finished plates.
Invented in the 1850s, the wet plate collodion process allowed the first glass negatives and the consequent reproduction of one image on various albumen prints. With shorter exposure times and lower production costs, this process helped the making of photography accessible to everyone. The wet collodion plate photography process involves pouring a collodion emulsion over a plate and exposing the sensitized plate before the coating dries.
***All materials and equipment will be provided and are included. Participants must bring their own tripod, notebook and pen.
Theory & instruction
1. Intro to wet plate photography
2. Samples of images
3. Overview of the process and equipment used for the workshop
4. Holga cameras will be used - 6x6cm plates
5. Demonstration of the process
Practice - capture, processing and finishing
1. Hands-on practice of the process
2. Taking photos with the Holga cameras
3. Varnishing the plates to take home
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Phillip Chin travels across Canada and the United States to create images of different members of society. His passion is capturing that one moment of time that the subjects shares with him. Since 2012, Chin has been passionate about the historical process wet plate collodion photography aka tintypes and ambrotypes. Phil is currently working on many tintype projects. One is Chinatown where Chin will be continuing prolific Chinese photographer Yucho Chow's work creating portraits of different members of the Chinese community. Another project is Chef where he is creating legacy photos of Chefs across Canada who embrace their palette and country. A fun project is Cosplay where Phillip creates portraits of people who dress up as their favourite costume characters. Chin believes in honouring our past to shape our future.