Making Wet Plate Collodion Ambrotypes, Negatives & Salt, and Albumen Printing

$775 USD (not CAD)
September 19 - 21, 2016 - Vancouver, BC Canada

This is real photography for serious artists and photographers! An intensive, three-day, hands-on workshop that covers all aspects of making Wet Plate Collodion positives AND negatives; including redevelopment and making Salt and/or Albumen prints from the negatives.

Students will get to see the negative making and redevelopment/intensification process executed from start-to-finish and the workflow methodology that Quinn uses for his work. He will also demonstrate making a Salt Print and/or Albumen print from the negative.  

Quinn will do an in-depth segment on chemistry. Chemistry for negatives is different than positives. It’s subtle but affects the quality of the negative. He will also work through the chemistry for redevelopment and intensification; two very different methods for making negatives. Each individual chemical will be discussed and described in detail. Students learn about each chemical’s function and purpose in making and redeveloping/intensifying negatives – 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.

Plate Making
This workshop will use 4x5 format size. The second day of the workshop is devoted to making negatives which includes preparations, glass cutting, cleaning, etc. pouring plates, sensitizing plates, exposing plates, developing plates, fixing plates and varnishing plates. The third day will cover printing processes.

Negative Redevelopment
Quinn will show studetns how to add denisty and contrast to their negatives through redevelopment. Students will learn how to redevelop for certain types of papers or printing out processes.

Salt and Albumen Printing (POP)
Each student will select their best negatives and make Salt and/or Albumen prints from them. This course will not cover making Salt and Albumen paper, but will provide students the paper and supplies for printing the negatives.

Critiques & Troubleshooting
At the end of the third 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 manuals, Chemical Pictures: Making Ambrotypes & Tintypes ” and “Chemical Pictures: Making Wet Collodion Negatives”. These manuals will be used throughout the course.

If you are interested in attending, send a $275 deposit to (PayPal). This deposit will hold your place, but is non-refundable. The balance of the course fee is DUE NO LATER THAN August 15, 2016.

Course Date: September 19-21, 2016

Location: The Post at 750 
110-750 Hamilton Street 
Vancouver, BC, V6B 2R5 

Time: 10AM - 6PM (with a lunch break)
Cost: $775 


When you make negatives, you always start with a positive. Black Glass Ambrotype of Euphus.

The "Euphus Negative" after redeveloping.

Hot water being poured into the sizing and salt for Salt paperA good look at a redeveloped negative. Printing Euphus out on some Salt paper.Euphus printed out on Salt paper.

One of Euphus' first negatives of the day.

Kevin inspects one of his negatives.The "Cat Daddy" and Euphus ;-) This is a portrait that Craig made of Matt - a wonderful image!Euphus was ready for the group portrait before everyone else. "And that is Collodio-Chloride... let's pour it on some paper and make some prints!"Gold toning Craig's portrait of Kaitlan.Rustin gold toning a Salt print of Kaitlan.Kevin and his group shot - Whole plate Salt print.