24 May - 26 May 2019

Wet-Plate Collodion, Tintypes and Ambrotypes

Friday 24 May, 18.30-20.00, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May, 11.00-18.00

Over three days this workshop teaches the Victorian, wet-plate collodion photographic process from start to finish. Leading wet-plate practitioner James Millar and darkroom technician Ben Wallace walk you through each stage of the process. Alongside practical training, hear about its historical development and how this ever-popular technique continues to be used by photographers today.

Learn the processes of ‘flowing’ and sensitising a metal plate in a field darkroom. Frame and focus your picture on one of three vintage cameras and then insert the plate to make the image. Watch as your image on a sheet of blackened aluminium develops and emerges as a negative in the darkroom and then transforms into a one-off positive image in the fixing bath. We will also be making ambrotypes, tintypes on glass, as well as cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown prints from them.

The course starts on Friday evening with a short presentation detailing the history of the process and a demonstration of platemaking. Saturday will be dedicated to walking you through the process and then on Sunday, James and Ben will delve into further detail on how to make chemistry, building a darkroom, lighting for tintypes and scanning and preserving your images.

All materials are included and at the end of the course you will walk away with your own tintype or ambrotype portrait.

What previous participants said:

It was thoroughly inspirational - I feel very lucky to have been able to do it. It's really put back the magic into photography for me.

The process was even more rewarding than I had anticipated. I am completely inspired to set up doing this at home.

James Millar is an award-winning, multi-skilled photographer based in London and the Midlands. He works for a number of high-profile clients and regularly has his work published in the national media. As well as his commercial work; which covers portraiture, documentary, architecture and product photography, James is also involved in a number of artistic projects that include working with cabaret and performance artists.

£400/£360 members & concessions

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