1/3 Wet & Dry plate Collodion Negative

20130612_4045This is the first in the series of three sequential workshops. First there days we will be working on collodion negatives, preparing a set of negatives for the next two days, when we will do a photography expedition in deep forest, even to the edge of the oldest virgin forest in Europe. The transport for cameras, tripod and preprepared plates will be organised, hopefully with mules.  The third part of the workshop will be happening in the best darkroom that I know, at VIST college where we could do huge silver-gelatin prints with 8×10″ enlarger and / or salt print contact copies.


Three days advanced workshop of wet plate collodion negative process and dry collodion negatives. The negative we will proof print as silver-gelatin  prints and salt prints.


Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia.


27th, 28th and 29th of April 2016.


Wet plate collodion photographers who have know how to make an ambrotype or a tintype and are ready to move on to the next level.




Three day workshop costs 500 EUR and that includes all material cost. It does not include food and accommodation.


The workshop is limited to five participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 100 EUR. The rest you pay at the start of the workshop. The reservation fee is not refundable.


You will receive notes with all the informations and key points of the process.


All the materials and cameras will be available. Bring note book and also a camera or a phone will be helpful to record the crucial steps of the process.


on my email borutpeterlin@gmail.com


  • Introduction to the processes
  • The difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative
  • Reviewing examples of negatives and prints we are expected to be making during the workshop
  • Preparation of chemistry and cleaning plates
  • The making of the first wet plate negatives
  • Learning how to make different densities of wet plate negatives
  • How to redevelop a negative
  • Varnishing glass negatives


  • What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light
  • Making a portrait with ambient light
  • Making a portrait with studio flashes
  • The goal is that each participant will make several negatives with different densities for different printing processes.
  • Redeveloping. The second development after fixing, for boosting density of collodion negative.
  • Preparing dry collodion negatives.


  • Exposing and developing dry collodion negatives.
  • Preparing more dry collodion negatives (for the expedition)
  • Making salt print and silver-gelatine contact copies
  • Toning with gold-chloride toner
  • Waxing salt prints
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