Wet Plate Collodion Photography

Generally referred to as the collodion process, wet plate collodion is an early photographic process, invented by Frederic Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s and by the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. Collodion photography produces three different image types: The ambrotype (a positive image on glass), the tintype or ferrotype (a positive image on an aluminum sheet), and a glass negative.





Tintype Photography
Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Class Description:
Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th-century process including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two to three finished pieces.

Wet Plate Collodion Photography
Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Class Description:
Wet plate collodion, one of the earliest photographic processes, has experienced a recent resurgence because of both its beauty and the unique images it produces. Learn how to prepare glass, pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop the plate, and apply a protective varnish. Plan on shooting portraits or still lifes using large format cameras and tripods.

Workshops are offered through the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Visit their online class catalogue to register for a workshop and see all the other great classes they offer.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond
(804) 353-0094
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220


Rates & Services

In the tradition of the nomadic tintype photographers of the19th century, Michael operates out of a mobile photography studio that specializes in wet-plate collodion photography.

Private collodion sessions are available for individual or family portraiture, events, formal wedding portraits, engagements and maternity.

For pricing and all other inquiries please feel free to contact Michael.

Tintype & Ambrotype Sizes:
• 3.25″ x 4.25″
• 4.25″ x 5.5”
• 5” x 7”

Digital Services:
• High Resolution Images
• Digital Enlargements
• Digital Prints (up to 13″ x 19″)

Private Shooting Session:
• Full-Day session (6 hours)
• Half-Day session (3 hours)