Preserve Your Image
These days our options for portrait photography are for the most part only digital photography. With additional tools like photoshop, AI, and filtering that have become the norm its hard to find an authentic and honest way of capturing a person’s portrait. There’s something undeniably captivating about the artistry and authenticity of tintype photography. We offer an honest way of capturing you and an experience you won’t forget. And what better way to experience that than with a mammoth 16×20 inch tin type portrait session? These one-of-a-kind portraits offer a real authentic way of preserving your legacy for hundreds of years to come.
Mammoth 16×20 Tintype Portrait
Tin type photography or wet plate collodion photography was used in the 18th century for portraiture and also for documenting the American Civil War. It is a photographic process that produces an image on a sheet of metal that has been coated with collodion and is sensitized by silver. Large format cameras were generally used to capture the image. Technology can’t replicate the same level of detail – there are simply not enough pixels to beat atoms of silver. The sheer size of the plate which is an incredible 16×20 inches is formidable and the equivalent in the digital world would equate to gigapixels.
Rare tin type portrait size
Most tin type studios or traveling tin type photographers only offer common size tin types such as 5×7 or 8×10 plates. There is no comparison to a 16×20 tintype which is 4 times the size of an 8×10. These rare mammoth tintype portrait sessions are on sale to offer customers a truly special opportunity to capture yourself or a loved one in a timeless piece of art. We are one of the few studios in the world that offer this portrait size and are certainly the only one in New Jersey. Imagine having a stunning, large-format portrait of yourself or a loved one that will be cherished for generations to come.
The camera itself
The camera I use is extremely special being one of only 5 made. It was handmade in Italy and though basic like its predecessors it has all the necessary movements and features to capture the tin types with ease. The camera weighs in at about 52 pounds and requires a strong studio stand with a pulley system to maneuver it. I also have to stand on a ladder to put the plate holder which is always fun!
These mammoth 16×20 tin type portraits are captured using a mammoth large format camera that was hand-made in Italy and when coupled with the Dallmeyer lens produce crisp beautiful images with breath-taking detail. These mammoth 16×20 tintype portraits are shot using a mammoth large format camera that was hand-made in Italy and when coupled with the Dallmeyer lens produce crisp beautiful images with breath-taking detail.
Mammoth tin type portraits are a rare find today and are not out of reach for those who appreciate the value of unique, high-quality art. These portraits are not mass-produced, and each one is a unique piece. As part of the experience customers are invited to join Daniel in the darkroom and observe this magic process.
These mammoth tin type portraits offer a level of artistry and authenticity that is hard to come by in the digital age. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to capture yourself or a loved one in a truly special piece of art that will last at least a life time.