WET PLATE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN BRATISLAVA

 

The workshop is organized as a one to one full day experience. 

Before the workshop you need just basic knowledge about photography with a practical understanding of terms like exposure, shutter speed or aperture.

The workshop begins with alumitypes, collodion photos which are made on aluminium plates. Metal wet plates are something like Polaroid of the 19th century.

We will work with a studio 18x24 cm camera and I will teach you how to work with it. 

Throughout the day we will be discussing the chemistry and equipment needed for preparing your own solutions and about sources of raw chemistry and plates. 

During the practical part I will guide you through all steps of a wet plate process, our goal will be to process at least tree to five of them. 

Silver Nitrate is a very aggressive chemical - I will provide you with safety glasses, gloves and an apron, but you have to expect some dark patches on your hands. Better wear some old clothes, some you won't pity damaging. We will be careful, but please hold in mind, that the workshop participation will be at your own risk and I’m taking no responsibility for potential health or material damages. 

If you are an advanced photographer with practical black and white photography, we can make some glass negatives you can use for contact printing on silver gelatine or salt paper

The price for workshop is 275 EUR.

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These portraits were made by Zoltan Janota as a part of a workshop.


These portraits were made by Zoltan as a part of a workshop. Zoltan is a black&white film photographer

from Vienna and this was his first wet plate experience. Alumitype on the left,

ambrotype on the right

 

Testimonials

"Not only was Juro's wet plate collodion workshop very useful in helping me produce my own tintypes and ambrotypes without any previous knowledge, I also learned the basics of preparing my own chemicals from raw materials and received many useful tips. After a quick demonstration I had plenty of time to experiment and get some hands-on experience of the whole workflow. No questions remained unanswered. I would definitely recommend to start with a workshop if you are new to this process because it can save you many hours of frustration and experimenting. Some of the chemicals are highly toxic and it's better to learn to handle them in a controlled environment. All in all I can say that I came as a stranger and left as a friend." Zoltan Janota

 

Basic of work with a large format camera

Ground glass viewing and focusing

Camera movements

 

Chemistry

Safety

Collodion

Sensitizer

Developer

Fixer

Varnish

 

Equipment

Scales, chemistry equipment

Camera and plate holder

Silver Nitrate solution holder

 

Wet plate photography practice

Pouring collodion

Sensitizing

Exposing

Developing

Fixing

Rinsing

Varnishing

Negative redeveloping (just for advanced participants)

 

Suggested literature

Scully & Osterman: Collodion Manual  http://www.collodion.org/pubs.html

Quinn Jacobson: Chemical Pictures http://studioq.com/chemical-pictures-book/ (does exist as an ebook)

John Coffer: Manual  http://www.johncoffer.com/