Introduction to the Wet Plate Collodion Process

April 14 - 15, 2018

Please keep in mind, this course will fill on a first come, first served basis - ONLY 2 PEOPLE will be accepted into this workshop. With limited seats, it will fill and close fast. 

Studio Q / Quinn Jacobson Photography
Aurora, Colorado

This is an intensive, two-day, hands-on workshop that covers all aspects of making positive Wet Plate Collodion images; including Ambrotypes (black and clear glass), Tintypes/Ferrotypes, Alumitypes, and positive images on alternative substrate such as plastic, mirror, etc.

This course is designed for people who have never worked with the Wet Collodion process or for people that have and want more formal training in it. No darkroom experience is required but is helpful. No large format camera experience is required but again, it’s helpful.

Students will get to see the process executed from start to finish and the workflow methodology that Quinn uses for his work. 

Quinn will teach an in-depth segment on chemistry. Every (individual) chemical will be discussed and described in detail. Students learn about each chemical’s function and purpose in the process – this is very important as it relates to troubleshooting. Safety, storage and handling are also major components of this segment. Students will participate in making each of the chemicals for the process. Students will have the option to purchase a complete chemical kit to take with them at the end of the course (if they are driving). The kit can also be sent via FedEx. The chemical kits are $325 - that includes everything needed to make Wet Plate Collodion images when you leave the workshop

All of the equipment will be covered - that includes equipment for field work as well as studio work. Quinn will explain the essentials; from beakers to dark boxes, he'll show you everything you need and give you information on the best places to get it. You'll also be able to use a portable dark box (making images in the field) as well as using the luxury studio darkroom. Everything is covered and you will experience it all. 

Plate Making
The students will use (Alumitypes) Half-Plate, and 4x5 format sizes. Students will have the opportunity to work in both of these formats. The second day of the workshop is devoted to plate making which includes preparations, glass cutting, cleaning, etc. pouring plates, sensitizing plates, exposing plates, developing plates, fixing plates and varnishing plates. 

Critiques & Troubleshooting
At the end of the second day, there will be an overview/critique about the images made. This critique is based on troubleshooting – things that went wrong and things that worked. It’s a very valuable part of the course. 

What’s Provided?

  • You can attend the workshop with nothing but a pen and notebook. Cameras, chemistry, substrate and facilities are all provided. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own camera (if you can). Using your own equipment helps when you start making images on your own. 
  • You will receive a copy of Quinn’s book, “Chemical Pictures” and access to the online video workshop. The book will be used throughout the course. The online video course is a great visual reference for what you will see in the workshop (making chemistry, exposure, troubleshooting, etc.).
  • Lunch will be provided both days, please let us know if you have food restricitons. There will be drinks available at the studio (coffee/espresso, water, soft drinks, etc.) throughout the day. 

Course Date: April 14 - 15, 2018
Location: Studio Q / Quinn Jacobson Photography
Aurora, Colorado
Time: 9AM - 5PM (with a lunch break)
Cost: $850 

Payment Options

Places to stay in Aurora: 

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