technique

Cursed

Cursed

There are times when I just want to scream, I think its part and parcel of alternative photography. Recently I seem to be having a whole year of problems with alternative photography. This recent disaster is interesting. For wetplates you need a bath of silver nitrate and distilled water. Thats all there is to it,…

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When Fog attacks

When Fog attacks

Recently my tintypes have been plagued with relentless image fog. For the last month I’ve not had many useable plates. I have stopped shooting with models and my photography is at a standstill. Incase anybody reading doesn’t know the tintype process, basically its this. Coat a black aluminium plate in photographic collodion by pouring it neatly on top and…

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Blanchard Brushes

Blanchard Brushes

There are various ways of coating the paper for salt printing. Up to now I have been brushing both the salt solution and the silver nitrate solutions. A problem with silver nitrate is it can corrode the metal ferrule on brushes and brushes become contaminated very quikly. I find its best to use the brush…

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DIY Printing Frames

DIY Printing Frames

Alternative prints require a printing frame of some sort. Purpose made printing frames still exist but are very expensive. A good alternative is a simple DIY frame using glass, MDF and large Bulldog Clips. You can even add a simple hinged back to these printing frames. Having a hinged back allows you to lift up the…

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Salt Print Formula

Salt Print Formula

I once did a workshop on Photogenic Drawings with the Ostermans, they are two of the very best teachers of this process. I remember I desperately wanted to do a workshop with them for wet plates. Unfortunately that course was booked but what was still available was photogenic drawings. I had no idea what they…

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