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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Behind the Scenes at LundPhotographics

Behind the Scenes at LundPhotographics

Welcome to LundPhotographics, where the future is now!
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Wet-Dry Rack

Wet-Dry Rack

How to use the LundPhotographics Wet/Dry Rack for holding, storing, or washing (and drying!) collodion plates.
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Mixing Salted Collodion (Part 1/2)

Mixing Salted Collodion (Part 1/2)

Part 1 of a two part tutorial on mixing salted collodion for wet plate photography.
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Mixing Salted Collodion (Part 2/2)

Mixing Salted Collodion (Part 2/2)

Part 2 of mixing salted collodion for wet plate photography.
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Portable Darkroom Setup

Portable Darkroom Setup

A short tutorial for setting up a portable darkroom.
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Standard Lab Practices

Standard Lab Practices

A short list of some common lab practices when working with collodion chemistry.
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Sensitizing Collodion Plates

Sensitizing Collodion Plates

Before it can be exposed in the camera, a collodion plate must be sensitized in a solution of silver nitrate.
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Film Holder Modifications

Film Holder Modifications

Using sheet film holders with wet plate photography.
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Fixing Plates

Fixing Plates

The function of the fixer is to combine with the undeveloped silver halides, making a water soluble compound that can then be rinsed out of the collodion with fresh water.
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Hand Pouring Developer

Hand Pouring Developer

Development can be done by applying the developer directly to a hand held plate. Here are some pointers to help get you started.
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