Wet Plate Collodion

Saturday, January 13 & Sunday, January 14 / 9 AM – 4 PM

Instructor: Scott Stallings

Cost: $325 Members, $375 Non Members

The wet plate collodion process was first introduced in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer and remained the dominant photographic process until 1880. The wet plate collodion images are celebrated and most recognized for their incredible sharpness and clarity. Each plate is made individually and is therefore a singular, unique photograph.

In this two-day workshop, taught by Scott Stallings, students will learn a brief history of the Wet Plate process as well as a modern perspective on Wet Plate Photography, including how to safely mix chemistry, pour collodion onto the tin plates, expose the plates in cameras provided and develop the plates in the darkroom. This will generate several finished plates that will be set up to dry overnight, and then varnished and scanned when dry. Students will have the opportunity to photograph with both a 4 x 5 camera as well as an 8 x 10 camera in this workshop. Students will learn how to make wet plate exposures with both indoor studio lighting as well as outdoor natural lighting.

All chemistry, materials and safety supplies will be provided. This workshop is limited to six spots.

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[ IMAGE ] Scott Stallings