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Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with Simon Sandys *SOLD OUT*

  • Haydon Church Haydon Sherborne England (map)

Wet plate Photography Workshops with Simon Sandys

Ever wanted to take your photography further? Frustrated of just seeing images on your phone or on a screen and not able to produce prints? Maybe you are a seasoned photographer who shoots digital but want to try something with a bit more soul? Or maybe you have never touched a camera in your life and just fancy learning about the history of photography and getting your hands dirty?

This workshop is for all of you!

Wet plate collodion is one of the earliest photographic processes, dating back to the 1850’s, it represented a radical move forward both technologically and in the ability to capture an image and hold it for perpertuity on glass or tin. Imagine seeing an image appear hauntingly before your eyes under red safelight, like a 19th Century polaroid and you are approaching the magic of this process.

In this workshop you will immerse yourself in the technology of the 1850’s and using large format cameras you will be taught how to prepare plates, shoot on a large format camera, work with natural light and develop tintype and glass plate ‘Ambrotype’s’ in a makeshift darkroom.

We will begin with a brief step back in history to explain how this process came about and then dive straight in with a hands on demonstration of how to pour your first plate.

Using available light and a large format camera you will then team up with your fellow students to take portraits or still life images, which will be developed in the darkroom before your very eyes. You will learn skills of assessing light to expose your images correctly as well as all the necessary steps involved in this process.

This is an intense day of image making, where you will be introduced you to many new skills and a new discipline for image making. Rounding up the day we will look at our images and review the days plates, discussing the joy and challenges of wet plate image making.

The workshop is suitable for both beginners, non photographers and established photographers and if you thought you had your conventional photographic technique mastered, this may well add a few extra skills to your bow.

You will have your own piece of art to take home and treasure.

Places are strictly limited to 6 and priced at £ 75 per person for the day. This includes all tuition, materials, chemistry, equipment and plates.

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** We will be releasing more dates later in the year so please email to be notified of new dates**