Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

$345.00

The tintype process (also known as ferrotype) was invented in 1853 and was one of the main photographic methods for almost 30 years. To make an image, a plate of tin is coated with a unique emulsion and exposed in a large format camera while still wet. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, expose and develop each image – a sort of 19th century polaroid if you like. In this workshop we will explore a brief history of the process, after which we will show you how to coat, expose and develop your own plates.

The Fox Darkroom is located in the Young Husband wool store in Kensington, built in 1901, and features many late 19th century architectural spaces and bluestone alley ways that help to give these images a proper antique feeling.

Because the wet plate collodion process is difficult to master, we cannot guarantee masterpieces. However, each participant will get at least one image, and we will cover the common issues people come across while making Tintypes and the best ways to avoid them.

Note: Please be aware that the wet plate collodion process does use potentially hazardous chemicals. Safety issues will be addressed, and protective items will be provided. While all due care will be taken, we must inform you that all participants attend this workshop ‘at own risk’ and will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Fox Darkroom and Gallery from any liability. Please wear old comfortable clothes and covered shoes. Participants are not required to handle any chemicals if they do not wish, and can request our staff to attend to the physical application of the process on their behalf.

Class Schedule

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

What you will learn

  • Learn how to use a beautiful large format view camera.
  • Explore the alleyways and hidden spaces of industrial Kensington.

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer.
  • Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this.
  • Walk away with your own tintype image.
  • Post workshop a comprehensive PDF document will be sent to participants outlining what we covered on the day and how they can continue to practice techniques at home.
  • Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day.

What to wear

  • Old comfortable clothes.
  • An old apron or lab coat if you have one.
  • Protective shoes.

Appropriate for

We welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned artists who want to broaden their skills.

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Description

The tintype process (also known as ferrotype) was invented in 1853 and was one of the main photographic methods for almost 30 years. To make an image, a plate of tin is coated with a unique emulsion and exposed in a large format camera while still wet. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, expose and develop each image – a sort of 19th century polaroid if you like. In this workshop we will explore a brief history of the process, after which we will show you how to coat, expose and develop your own plates.

The Fox Darkroom is located in the Young Husband wool store in Kensington, built in 1901, and features many late 19th century architectural spaces and bluestone alley ways that help to give these images a proper antique feeling.

Because the wet plate collodion process is difficult to master, we cannot guarantee masterpieces. However, each participant will get at least one image, and we will cover the common issues people come across while making Tintypes and the best ways to avoid them.

Note: Please be aware that the wet plate collodion process does use potentially hazardous chemicals. Safety issues will be addressed, and protective items will be provided. While all due care will be taken, we must inform you that all participants attend this workshop ‘at own risk’ and will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Fox Darkroom and Gallery from any liability. Please wear old comfortable clothes and covered shoes. Participants are not required to handle any chemicals if they do not wish, and can request our staff to attend to the physical application of the process on their behalf.

Class Schedule

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

What you will learn

  • Learn how to use a beautiful large format view camera.
  • Explore the alleyways and hidden spaces of industrial Kensington.

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer.
  • Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this.
  • Walk away with your own tintype image.
  • Post workshop a comprehensive PDF document will be sent to participants outlining what we covered on the day and how they can continue to practice techniques at home.
  • Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day.
  • A complimentary gift from your favourite darkroom.

What to wear

  • Old comfortable clothes.
  • An old apron or lab coat if you have one.
  • Protective shoes.

Appropriate for

We welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned artists who want to broaden their skills.

Preperation

What to bring
• Old comfortable clothes.
• An old apron or lab coat if you have one.
• Protective shoes.

What to wear
• Casual

Appropriate for
Photography enthusiasts, creatives, those who like to make art by hand and are seeking a truly unique experience with like minded folk.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions
The Fox Darkroom provides goods and services to you subject to the following conditions. If you purchase from our online store (www.thefoxdarkroom.com.au.au) or visit out premises at (10 Elizabeth St, Kensington) you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully.

Workshop Enrolment
All workshops must be paid for in full (prior to the workshop commencement date) to secure your place. Places are subject to availability.

Transfers/Refunds
Refunds cannot be given when notice is given less than 1 week before the workshop date. Transfers (between people or a workshop date) can be made if notice is given no less than 1 week before the workshop date.

Copyright
The Fox Darkroom website and information contained within it can be used for your own personal use and must not be used for any commercial reason.

Darkroom hire
Access depends on availability. Bookings must be made in advance.

Health and Safety
The Fox Darkroom is not responsible for the archival quality or outcome of film processing or printing made in this facility. You also acknowledge that the darkroom is hired out as a shared facility and it is your responsibility to be aware and courteous of other people’s needs and safety and to take care of your belongings at all times. The Fox Darkroom has no liability for personal belongings of darkroom members.

While we take all care to ensure your safety, in agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to understand and be liable for the health and safety risks of the darkroom. It is your responsibility to take the appropriate health and safety precautions. Your health and safety is not the responsibility of The Fox Darkroom.

Reviews

    review rating 5  As a professional photographer that shoots the majority of my work digital now, I can still remember falling in love with photography in the darkroom many years ago, watching images magically appear in the developer!!! It's something that you have to experience Can't wait to do it again with The Fox Darkroom! Keep me posted!!! Keep up the great work!

    thumb Andrew Noble
    6/10/2014

    review rating 5  Great place run by great people. Great place to learn the skills or just to have access to use the darkroom. Highly recommended 🙂

    thumb Brence Coghill
    7/12/2015

    review rating 5  I attended the film photography/developing basics and darkroom printing workshops and they were excellent. The groups were small and the instructor (Jake) catered well to the different experience levels in the group and took a genuine interest in each person's work. The 4 hour length of both workshops was ideal - enough time to cover all the material without it being a long day. I left feeling inspired and ready to get back into printing my own photos after not doing it for 12 years. Two Saturdays well spent!

    thumb Leesa Ward
    11/28/2017

    review rating 5  I did both the Photography Developing and Printing workshops and thoroughly loved them both. The studio is a great set up, in a wonderful old warehouse. Our hosts Tom and Harriet are friendly and relaxed and have great advice and tips to share. They make you feel very welcome, unlike some other workshops I've done where the photographers can be a bit arrogant!! We came away from the 2 workshops with a perfectly developed roll of film and 2 framed prints. I highly recommend these guys to anyone wanting to get back to the basics of photography and there's nothing better than watching your pictures appear in front of your eyes. Thanks Tom and Harriet, can't wait to get back and print some more!

    thumb Karen Field
    7/18/2015

    review rating 5  I did the printing/developing workshop here and it was so much fun! Tom is a super easy going, lovely guy and a patient teacher. We all lost track of time, it was going so fast - that's how much fun we were having. I definitely recommend this workshop to anyone beginning analogue photography, as this workshop will be priceless in your learning. I cant wait to go back and do the film developing workshop! (p.s this is the backwards order, I recommend taking the film developing workshop first, then develop your prints you made in the printing workshop). I wish I lived in Melbourne to sign up as a member to use this funky darkroom all the time :).

    thumb Jessica Lambert
    2/13/2015

    review rating 5  The course I did with Tom was incredible. I have so much more of an appreciation for what it takes to create a good photo after spending some time with Tom. The course is great for both novices (like me) or those with a background in photography. The atmosphere is really laid back and the Fox Darkroom is a great environment in which to learn. If you are looking to either fine tune your photographic skills or just try something a little different, I would thoroughly recommend getting in touch with these guys. Tom is clearly an expert in his field and loves what he does. Very easy to learn from and takes the time to make sure you get the most out of your experience. 5 stars!

    thumb Luke Bryan
    1/28/2015

    review rating 5  I had a blast at the photography and developing workshop. The class was interesting and extremely hands-on, the darkroom was beautiful and well equipped, and Tom was a lovely, genuine guy with plenty of wisdom to share. I can't wait to go back again and again. And, to top it all off, the course was one of the cheapest of its kind I have ever found. Great value, great atmosphere, and great practical learning. The Fox Darkroom is a fantastic place to go to spend time with like-minded film enthusiasts.

    thumb Bodie Howell
    10/11/2015

    review rating 5  The courses at the Fox Darkroom are something I can't recommend highly enough. The space that has been created here is absolutely stunning and you are made to feel right at home from the second you enter. The beautiful people running this place are what make the whole experience so enjoyable, and exploring the world of darkroom photography kind of magical. You won't want to leave! (especially if they start boosting your ego by putting cool photos of you on the internet). Do yourself a favour and check this place out.

    thumb Ellen Rafferty
    10/22/2014

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom Hidden in the old Younghusband Woolstores in Kensington - a wonderful building housing every type of creative activity - you will find The Fox Darkroom run by photographer Tom Goldner. Tom provides short courses for those new to analogue photography, or those with prior experience but seeking a process refresh. Introduction to film cameras, developing your own B&W film, and printing and enlarging - the alchemy of the darkroom - are all covered in Tom's courses. The darkroom and equipment are also available for members and others who are seeking access to a well equipped lab to do their own thing! Tom is a wonderful teacher - enthusiastic, knowledgable, sensitive, patient and able to cater for course members with widely varying capabilities, group sizes are kept small allowing for personal teaching and the combination of shooting in a such a photogenic location and then working through the dark room processes in a such a beautiful surrounding is hard to beat! The physical environment at Fox is very special, but it is surpassed by the warmth and welcome and guidance of Tom Goldner! So arrange a time to visit the Fox Darkroom - make time to slow down and think about your photography - have a play with film and developing your own negatives. Very highly recommended. Bruce E

    thumb Bruce Esplin
    1/23/2015

    review rating 5  I was lucky enough to recently be among the first groups attending the Film Photography and Traditional Printing workshops at The Fox Darkroom. The studio space Tom has built here is crying out to be photographed, yet alone the beautiful surrounds of Kensingtons industrial past. The Wool store buildings in which the studio are set are a treasure trove of urban landscapes, still life studies and edgy portraiture back drops. Tom and his friends at The Fox offer a wealth of creative and technical know how shared through friendly and informative workshops. I would challenge anyone with an interest to spend the afternoon at a printing workshop and not be queuing for darkroom membership by the end of the day. Keep up the great work.

    thumb Richard Philp
    11/29/2014

    review rating 5  Had an absolute ball at the photography workshop at The Fox Darkroom! Perfect way to brush up on your analog photography skills. I'll definitely be booking another workshop with Tom and the crew! Thanks Tom and Jake for a great day! �️

    thumb Shaz Blakemore
    12/06/2016

    review rating 5  What a wonderful space to fall in love with the fascinating art of printing your own vision, telling your story. Tom has a warm and nurturing way, he takes you on the journey of learning techniques of developing and printing, while encouraging you to explore and trail new things. I was so inspired after doing the "shoot and develop" workshop I went home and took 2 rolls the very next day! Anyone would love the easy going nature of the workshops - no experience necessary to attend, fun for all!

    thumb Sophie Roberts
    10/29/2014

    review rating 5  Recently, I was lucky to experience the pleasure of utilizing the beautiful gallery space that is The Fox Gallery for my book launch and picture exhibition. I was very impressed by the professional and friendly service of Tom and his diligent crew. It was obvious to me that their sole objective was the success of my show. They worked tirelessly to ensure everything looked perfect and ran smoothly. Thank you Tom!!!

    thumb Lisa O'donnell
    6/18/2017

    review rating 5  Attended the darkroom basics workshop last weekend and I had a blast. Jake is great to learn from as he is passionate about the topic but also very personable and not condescending like many people teaching basics tend to be. Looking forward to attending more workshops.

    thumb Flavius Aaron Thompson
    12/06/2017

    review rating 5  Great space, amazing service and attention from staff. Looking forward to the next exhibition.

    thumb Robert Chomaniuk
    6/04/2017

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom is an incredible space and the photography and developing classes are an equally incredible experience. Tom is such a patient and passionate teacher who can cater for people of all abilities and levels of experience. I was lucky enough to do the photography, developing and printing workshops and loved every second. It gave me a true appreciation of photography and the planning, techniques and knowledge that go into producing a beautiful image. It's a far leap from the world of digital cameras and iPhones, but it's a leap worth taking!

    thumb Jordan Capp
    10/23/2014

    review rating 5  So you get given this thing thats basically nothing (ok, its a roll of film). Some cellulose on a strip of plastic. Theres interesting furniture and a really dark room. Somehow though... this dude with an excellent beard calmly and simply explains to you how a camera works. Without your knowing he turns the conversation to why he is (and consequently you are) passionate about photography. Shortly after you're taking photos on a manual camera you couldn't use an hour ago in streets you didn't know existed. Shortly after, that the strip of plastic has turned into something you can look at and make oohh aahh noises at. You even get to pretend you're Walter White. It's awesome, do it.

    thumb Nick Whiley
    10/14/2014

    review rating 5  I took a friend on a surprise birth trip to the film photography workshop at the Fox Darkroom. We both totally loved it! The studio and surroundings had a beautiful rich aesthetic, as did the rhythm of the workshop as a whole. Very cool delving into the craft of analogue film photography. A highly recommended gift to yourself or a friend!

    thumb Kaelasha Cameron Tyler
    3/13/2015