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

    thumb Robert Chomaniuk
    6/04/2017

    review rating 5  Being in the Fox Darkroom and seeing photos come to life as they go through the printing process is such a surreal experience. Thank you Tom for providing people with a cool space, great workshops and a wonderful photography community. It's so inspirational being surrounded by such creative minds that have extensive knowledge in photography and working with film. Creating photos in the darkroom ignited the child like curiosity in me and I can’t wait to go again and print some more photos. If you love photography, you have to check this place out

    thumb Alexandra Gionis
    11/28/2014

    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  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  This is an amazing space with beautiful, well thought out detailing - it feels like you're in a loft apartment in New York. Tom is super lovely and a rad photographer! So glad to be spending my last week in Melbourne at the Fox Darkroom studio.

    thumb Caroline Lam
    9/16/2014

    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  I am the Cambodian team leader for international workshops. We love the fox darkroom and its people! Love from Siem reap

    thumb Soeuy Nhanh
    11/04/2015

    review rating 5  Had my fourth Sunday session in the darkroom today. Great place if you're looking for somewhere to print - they'll sell you paper if you need (and you can develop your film as well). Take one of the intro courses and you can be printing your own work 🙂

    thumb David Pattinson
    12/17/2017

    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  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  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  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

    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 attended a print making workshop at the Fox Darkroom. It was really excellent, very informative and hands on. I have never worked in a darkroom before, and I absolutely loved the experience, I would recommend to anyone interested in analogue photography. I will definitely be back.

    thumb Lucy Marks
    4/20/2015

    review rating 5  Just had my first of what I'm sure will be many visits to the darkroom and gallery. It was easy to get to and in a stunning location. The 'All I Had I Gave' exhibition was breathtaking and I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those prints. I definitely recommend visiting the darkroom and gallery. Just beautiful.

    thumb Ellen Wachter
    12/10/2016

    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  The Fox Darkroom is more than just a space for making photos, it's also a place for making friendships and it provides like-minded people an opportunity to connect. Spend a little time at The Fox and you'll quickly feel like you're a part of something bigger, a community, a home of ideas and a place for those who seek encouragement to pursue what inspires your heart to press that shutter every time a moment passes by. It's a place to feel inspired and it's a place you're missing out on if you haven't yet been.

    thumb Ben Neoh
    12/16/2017

    review rating 5  Tom is an excellent teacher and the space/the whole building is just divine! Highly recommend

    thumb Zhu Ohmu
    10/22/2014