Wet Plate CollodionWorkshops

Hands on introduction to

Wet Plate Collodion Photography

 

Hand on Two day workshop for just two students using my

“Studio of Strange” – Darkroom and fabulous Victorian lens’s

Price per person – £300

One day workshop – £200

Meet the Cameras & Lenses

Mahogany beast

Beautiful 1950’s British press camera. based on the Graflex with its top mounted range-finder pre-dating the Graflex top mounted range-finder by at least 4 years.  Selection of lenses to choose from including this amazing f2.8 projector lens.

1894 Dalmeyer 3B

One of the most famous wet collodion portrait lenses and used for a large proportion of my wet collodion Tintype and Ambrotypes.

The classic Victorian portrait lens with the beautiful sharp focus and soft drop off

Super Reflex 45

Your chance to shoot with the incredible Super Refex 45 made for me in the USA by Jeff Perry at 20th Century Cameras!

This amazing camera has been used to take “The Lane series
With its huge f2.8 projector lens and heavily modified 1951 Graflex Series D body (No permanent changes made to the original camera)
Shooting wide open at f2.8 requires pin sharp focusing that’s only possible as this camera is “Single Lens Reflex” and has the modified focusing hood.
The reaction from everyone who looks through the viewer for the first time is “WOW!”

A little theory – Lenses, Collodion and light

Cameras & Studio Set-Up

  • Meet the cameras – 1940’s Graflex & MPP field/press cameras etc
  • Basic introduction to what the cameras do and how they work
  • Lenses – Leaf or projector
  • Shutters – we’ll be using and the reasons for leaf or focal-plane shutters during the workshop
  • Film – Which film we’ll choose for the day and how to load it into the film holders
  • Studio – Setting up the still life subject for the shoot
  • Lighting – Setting up the continuous lighting we’ll be using
  • Light metering – working out exposures for the shots
  • Capturing the shots – Putting it all together, focusing, setting the exposure and shooting

Film Developing

  • Developing tanks and which to use?
  • Loading film from the holders to the dev tank reels
  • Chemicals and the process for you to develop your shots
  • Developing times and Apps to use
  • The big reveal when you see your 4×5 negative masterpiece x 6
  • Drying and how to store your negatives
  • Scanning or Enlarger? We talk over the options

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