Basic collodion technique: ambrotype and tintype

Learning the wet plate collodion technique is a difficult process, since there are several variables to take into account and nothing can be neglected or set aside. The entire process, from cleaning the glass to applying the varnish needs conistent methods that are decisive for a good results.

This workshop is intended for the beginner specifically interested in making ambrotypes, tintypes and low density negatives suitable for modern printing processes, giving you a new powerfull and creative tools to be used as a genuine artistic expression. It will covers all the chemichal principles and technical aspects of the process. By the end you will be confident in managing the not so simple art of this process that will give you the opportunity to make a unique photographic object as it comes directly from the camera.



What you will learn?:

1. All the theoretical and practical aspects of the wet plate collodion process:

Historical connotations;
Health & Safety Informations;
Workflow and tools used in the process;
Chemical compounds and their working principles: plate cleaning agent, collodion formula for positive, silver nitrate sensitizing solution, developer formulas for positive, fixer formulas and varnish formula;
How to manage the exposure time using differend type of lights (continuos lights, flashes and natual light);
How to manage the most common mistakes and troubleshooting.
2. The workflows and differences in results by using other variants of the collodion process: wet plate collodion for positive, wet plate collodion for negative and dry plate process.

3. Brief descriptions of potential printing possibilities using a collodion plate:

Workflow, tools and results of a contact printing method on different supports like salt paper, albumen paper and cyanotype;
The right density for each printing process.

The workshop lasts at least 2 days. It is highly recommended to extend by one day the workshop, including an outdoor shooting, in order to learn how to manage the exposure time with natural light and how to set your darkroom and tools needed for shooting on the field. You will have the opportunity to personalize your workshop according to your needs.

The workshop will take place in my laboratory located in the center of Castelbuono, a beautiful medieval village located in the middle of Madonie Park, between the sea and the mountains

It is possible to book your accomodation in the farmhouse where I live with my family, surrounded by sicilian olive trees and overlooking the Madonie mountains. The room has an indipendent entrance, private bathroom, air conditioning and wifi. The price includes:

2 nights (2 days workshop)/ 3 nights (3 days workshop);
transport from and to the laboratory;

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