Collodion Ripening

Collodion Ripening

I'm sure you've heard that it's important to wait for a week or so before using newly mixed collodion. "It needs to ripen", they say. Well, what is this "ripening" thing anyway? And how do we know...
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Image Forming Silver

Image Forming Silver

Have you ever wondered where the silver comes from that forms the wet plate image?
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Applying Albumen

Applying Albumen

Here's a technique for applying albumen that's quick and bubble free.
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Portable Darkroom Setup: The Sequel

Portable Darkroom Setup: The Sequel

An updated description of how to set up a LundPhotographics portable darkroom.
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Refining Low Proof Alcohol

Refining Low Proof Alcohol

Learn to refine lower proof alcohol for use with collodion.
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Chemistry of Development

Chemistry of Development

From practical observation of the development process, we know that developing agents are able to reduce a latent photographic image to metallic silver
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Single Plate Animation

Single Plate Animation

This is too cool for words. Now you can create a 7 frame animation loop on a single collodion wet plate.
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Capturing Solar Spectra on Collodion Film

Capturing Solar Spectra on Collodion Film

A description of how spectral response curves are generated for collodion films.
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Varnishing Plates

Varnishing Plates

The traditional method of finishing a plate is to varnish it after it's thoroughly dry. This is done by carefully pouring a sandarac varnish over the warmed plate and drying it over a lamp or heater.
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Pouring Collodion

Pouring Collodion

Pour the collodion slowly but steadily onto the center of the plate. As you pour the collodion, it will form a circular pool in the middle of the plate...
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Preparing Glass Plates for Collodion

Preparing Glass Plates for Collodion

How to prepare glass for use with collodion films.
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Preparing Tin for Collodion

Preparing Tin for Collodion

Things to know when using pre-coated aluminum sheet for tintypes.
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Specral Sensitivity of Collodion Film

Specral Sensitivity of Collodion Film

The spectral sensitivity of collodion is markedly different than what the eye sees. Here are some comparisons.
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Using Modified Sheet Film Holders

Using Modified Sheet Film Holders

How to use a modified sheet film holder with wet plate collodion.
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Collodion Exposure

Collodion Exposure

How do the different colors of light interact with the iodides and bromides in collodion film?
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Hazards of Over Development

Hazards of Over Development

For crisp clean images, avoid excessive development times.
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Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets

Because the wet-plate lab deals with a wide variety of potentially hazardous materials, the first order of business is to learn about the materials, their hazards, and how to handle them safely.
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Peeling & Lifting

Peeling & Lifting

The "usual suspect" for collodion that peels or lifts from the plate is a plate that has been inadequately cleaned.
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