Wet Plate Collodion Two Day Workshop
This is an intensive two day workshop to learn enough to get a head start on your own in using the wet plate collodion process. Learn about the history, the steps of the process and the techniques to achieve good results. You will have the opportunity to mix and use your own chemistry using different recipes. Each step of the process will be demonstrated and practiced including learning to flow collodion on the plate, sensitizing in silver, exposure, development, fixing, drying and varnishing. Using large format 4x5 cameras you will create wet plates on both metal and glass that will be prepared by you. We will explore different light sources that can be used for portraits and still life. You will also learn the basics of camera theory, lens, shutters, how to varnish plates, how to maintain working silver baths, and also look at darkbox/darkroom setups. As your confidence grows over the two days with supervision as required you will also have the opportunity to shoot on an 8x10 camera.
This workshops is only designed for a small number of people to ensure everyone gets the most value. A basic knowledge of photography will help but not necessary to take this workshop. I will share with you the tricks I have learned on my journey. Located in Hamilton NJ, I am close to main line stations from New York and Philadelphia. You will leave the workshop with your own plates, documentation, and a good working knowledge of this amazing Victorian technology. All materials will be supplied.
What the workshop covers:
A brief history of the early dawn of photography and the emergence of wet plate collodion
The Camera Obscura
Examine examples of different types of wet plate collodion plates
Lighting options - Strobe, Slow, and Outdoor
The Process steps
Substratum prep metal and glass (glass cutting, burring, albumen)
Chemical prep and recipe options
Practice techniques - flowing collodion, silver sensitizing, development techniques, fixing, washing, drying
Experiment with lights
Portraits and still life
Review plates with group