Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

NOIR Darkroom x VAFF -Analogue Fashion Photography

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In March 2020 as a part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival NOIR Darkroom will be hosting a group exhibition of fine art fashion photography and host variety of analogue fashion film workshops. Run by artists specialising in alternative and experimental photographic techniques.

Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

With Keira Hudson

Workshop Description

In this workshop, you will learn how to make your very own 4x5” tintypes using the wet plate collodion process, invented in the 1850s. Tintypes are positive images created by coating a black aluminium plate with collodion, sensitising it in silver nitrate, and exposing it with a large format camera. The tintype is then developed, fixed, and washed in the darkroom, all before the plate dries out (hence the term “wet plate”). It takes between 10 - 20mins to create each plate. You will get the opportunity to photograph a professional model with backdrops, costumes, and studio lighting, and create a wet plate fashion masterpiece of your very own!

Please note: some chemicals used in the wet plate process are volatile. Proper chemical handling/safety/disposal will be demonstrated at the start of the workshop and appropriate PPE will be provided. The workshop has limited numbers so the instructor can assist everyone safely.

Appropriate for all skill levels.

No prior experience necessary.

Links to view Keira Hudson’s photography



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What you will learn
  • Brief history of the wet plate process.
  • Work one-on-one with a professional model, vintage costumes, and studio lighting.
  • Learn all the steps involved in making a tintype, and then make your own! How to focus and shoot a large format camera.
What you will get
  • Your very own unique tintype plates!
  • A personalised wet plate manual, including recipes for all chemicals used. Step-by-step instructions.
  • A welcoming environment for all skill levels.

What to bring
  • Work one-on-one with a professional model, vintage costumes, and studio lighting.
What to wear

An apron, lab coat, or old comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes. Certain chemicals in this process can stain clothing permanently.

Appropriate for

Appropriate for all skill levels. No prior experience necessary.

Refund Policy

NOIR Darkroom requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email NOIR Darkroom to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

We do not issue refunds on workshops if for any reason participants cannot attend on the day. We can, however, transfer participants into other workshops held at NOIR darkroom if we receive notification prior to 24hours before the class. 

For special circumstances please contact info@noirdarkroom.com and we will do our best to work with you to resolve the issue.

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08 March 2020 • Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

An excellent workshop! Great instructor and darkroom/studio facilities making for a fun learning experience. Never having done wet plate work, it seemed a little daunting, but I couldn't be more wrong. The process was well explained and the expert instruction/supervision instilled confidence, culminating in me producing some tintypes, one even by myself.


05 March 2020 • Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

I loved this workshop. There was a brief overview then we got stuck straight into making wet plates. There was plenty of help from Keira, a great model to photograph, great styling and lots of extra help with the cameras. Really enjoyed it! Thanks Keira and NOIR Darkroom!