Online wet plate collodion course
Did you ever want to attend one of the popular collodion courses in my studio but never found the time to do it? Or maybe couldn't afford it? Are you based in a different country? Or maybe you just want to have an image of yours printed as a tintype (digital works too)? Maybe it feels like a good idea to learn something for half the usual price while being on self-isolation and receive home a unique object? Maybe you have always been curious about the collodion process and would you like to watch the workflow and see my studio set up?
Whatever your reason is, I am now opening the opportunity to join online collodion courses where you can learn about the process and have a tintype with an image of yours without needing to leave home. And I am doing courses for 3 different time zones (00 UTC, UTC +8, UTC-4), so whether you are based in Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Toronto, New York, Santiago de Chile, Lima or elsewhere there is always a course happening on your daylight hours. Courses will always take place from 11am to 5pm, see day breakdown below. Limited to 10 students per workshop.
What is included:
In this course you will be able to:
- Learn about the history of the collodion process and see a variety of pieces produced with this technique.
- Get in-depth knowledge of the equipment required (cameras, lenses, lighting) so you can start figuring out your own set up to work independently if you wish.
- Ask questions anytime, as I explain and demonstrate the process throughout the day via live chat.
- Learn about large format photography.
- Get to know the chemistry involved, the health and safety precautions you should follow, and how to prepare the chemistry and maintain it over the time.
- Learn how to troubleshoot any problems that might arise during the making of the tintypes and common mistakes.
- Have an image of yours printed as a tintype. Queen Victoria had it, and now you can too. You'll send me ahead of the course an image you would like to have as a unique tintype. I will guide you to choose one so that it looks fabulous. During the course, I'll print it, and you'll be able to see the entire process and received it home.
- Learn presentation and preservation tips.
- Receive a handout with information about the process and links to all my usual suppliers.
- Receive follow up support after the workshop.
Breakdown of the day:
11.00-12.00: Introduction to this historically significant photographic process, its technicalities. Equipment and materials you'll need. Resources, suppliers and a guide to practitioners I admire.
12.00-13.00: Chemistry maintenance, health and safety, and an introduction to large format photography.
13.00-13.30: Production of the first plate and second plate of the day.
14:30-15:30: Production of plates 3,4,5,6
15:30-16:30: Production of plates 7,8,9, 10
16:30-17:00: Questions, comments, and final remarks.
Saturday 18th April (UTC -4)- Best for people living in America
Sunday 26th April (UTC +8)- Best for people living in /close to East Asia
Sunday 3rd May (00.00 UTC)- Best for people living in Europe and West Africa
Who should attend:
The course is open to anyone who would like to learn about the collodion process or have a tintype made with their preferred image. No prior experience is required.
What is the collodion process:
Discovered in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, the Wet Plate Collodion process allowed the first glass negatives and the consequent reproduction of one same image on various albumen prints. With shorter exposure times and lower production costs, this process was the most popular photographic technique between the 1850s and the 1880s. Learn how to print on glass and tin using this historically significant photographic process.
Almudena Romero is a leading expert in early photographic techniques. She is a professor of photography at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has worked with numerous museums in various projects related to the collodion process. You can watch her demonstrating the collodion process in this video and read more about Almudena here.