Monthly Archives: May 2020

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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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Troubleshooting: Method Behind the Madness

Troubleshooting: Method Behind the Madness

For relatively simple problems, trouble shooting a process can often be done on the fly using a little common sense...
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Using a Light Meter with Collodion Film

Using a Light Meter with Collodion Film

When we make the reasonable assumption that for daylight conditions, UV light intensity tracks uniformly with visible light intensity, we can use a light meter to help us estimate our exposure...
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Understanding Light and Collodion Exposure

Understanding Light and Collodion Exposure

Understand how the quality of light changes throughout the day and seasons, and how best to manage these effects when making collodion exposures.
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Mixing Ferrous Sulfate Developer

Mixing Ferrous Sulfate Developer

A step by step tutorial showing you how to mix ferrous sulfate developer for use with collodion photography.
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Making Your First Tintype

Making Your First Tintype

A tutorial for making your first tintype.
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Studio Lighting Comparision for WetPlate

Studio Lighting Comparision for WetPlate

A comparison of the spectral sensitivity of collodion film with several common light sources to determine their relative efficiencies.
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