Wet Collodion Two day Workshop

10 June 2016

09:30 - 10:00

Lacock, Wiltshire
The Manger Barn
1 High Street
United Kingdom
SN15 2LQ

Tel:01225 325 733

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RPS Member£170.00 
Non RPS Member£195.00 


This event has now been cancelled

The Wet Collodion Process was one of the first photographic processes (after Daguerrotypes and Talbot's Calotype process) and turned out to be the most important one of the 19th Century.  Almost all pictures known from the Victorian era or the American Civil War were taken this way.

Collodion photgraphy started in the 1850's with negatives and prints. The collodion negative can yield an incredible range of tones and dynamic, which is perfectly matched by 19th century print out papers like salted paper and albumen paper. The tonal range of a well-made salt print is barely surpassed by any other photographic paper.

In this workshop you will learn how to make your own wet collodion negatives; coating the plates, sensitizing, exposing the plate, developing, fixing and eventually intensifying the negative for a greater density.

On the second day you print your negatives on hand coated photographic papers. We'll start with salt prints but if you want, and time allows, you can try Vandyke, Cyanotype or Gum prints as well.

You will use Michael’s large format cameras and he’ll provide all photographic materials as well as safety equipment. Special photographic skills or experience with large format cameras are not required.

Michael is a professional collodion photographer and works exclusively with this technique for over six years. 

To see more of his work you can visit http://www.collodion.de/

What to bring
Packed lunch or use local amenities
You will be working with Silver nitrate which eventually produces durable stains, so you will need to wear something black or bring appropriate work clothes.

Something to carry your plate home in to protect it.

Times: 9.30 – 5pm
Address: Manger Barn, 1 High Street, Lacock, SN15 2LQ Map: http://goo.gl/maps/jh7YI
Parking: You can park in the Red Lion Car Park which is found opposite the barn. 

Image: copyright Michael Schaaf

Cancellation policy

Notice of Cancellation - Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

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