The Tintype Studio offers one-day workshops which teach the Victorian, wet-plate collodion process from start to finish. Learn how to flow and then sensitise a metal plate in the darkroom. Frame and focus your picture on a vintage camera and then insert the plate to make the image. Watch as your image on a sheet of blackened aluminium emerges as a negative in the darkroom and then transforms into a one-off positive image in the fixing bath.
All materials are included and at the end of the day, you will walk away with your own tintype.
WHAT THE DAY INVOLVES
We start at ten and James gives a short briefing on the history of the process and some health and safety info. Then James and Ben take you through all the parts of the process; starting with plate making, to taking the picture and then developing and fixing. Once your are acquainted with the process, you will get the chance, under James' guidance to make a plate yourself.
We rotate roles with someone working the darkroom, taking the pictures, on lighting and a person posing so everyone gets the chance to learn each part of the process, including being on the other side of the lens.
For students to get the most from the day; we limit each workshop to a maximum of five people. This makes sure that everyone gets a chance to explore the various elements to the process. It also allows everyone to have themselves to be immortalised in a tintype.
take away your work
Towards the end of the day, you will be taught how to preserve your images with varnish. Once dried you will be able to take away the pictures which have been made of yourself during the day.