Pictorial photography – oilprint

Pictorial photography – oilprint

If you have had enough of typical courses with participants diligently copying negatives previously prepared by the tutor and all leaving the workshop with identical pictures that are not really theirs; if you don’t want to go for a course lasting from 10a.m. till 6 p.m. where the cleaning lady pointedly enters the room half an hour before the end, we have a perfect offer for you. What we invite you to take part in is a four day long oilprinting field workshop entirely devoted to oilprinting, during which you will take your own photographs which you will copy, with the assistance of an experienced instructor, as oilprints at the same time learning the secrets of the oilprinting technique and creating unique prints. The fact, that the workshop lasts four days means that participants will not only have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the technique, but will really be able to get practice and confidence with the technique; something that is priceless with manipulative techniques such as oilprinting. Constant assistance of the instructor means that errors will be noticed and corrected instantly. Oilprint is one of the most important alternative processes, popular especially with the great pictorial photographers. It allows unrivalled manual control over the final appearance of the print combined with a wonderful rendition of details. Experience acquired with oil printing will also prove priceless when you try the sister process of bromoil. We will begin the workshop by learning how to prepare our own materials, especially the papers which will later be used to create the prints. After all, being able to prepare your materials well is one...
Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn one of the most beautiful photographic processes. The magic of wetplate photography or, to be more specific, of ambrotypes, hasn’t passed for over 150 years which have passed since the invention of the technique. The image made of silver on glass, magical, glittering with subtle hues fascinates in the 21st century just as much as it did in the 19th. And just as it was in the times when it was invented, for most of us the technique still is a mystery, something almost mistical. It seems that it is even more of a mystery now than in the past. Our two-day workshop in making wetplate ambrotypes will not only allow participants to learn/revise the rules governing wetplate photography but will also offer practical opportunities to use these skills under the tutor’s guidance and with the help of professional models taking part in the workshop. The programme of the workshop covers: a quick revision of using large format cameras, a presentation of the wetplate ambrotype process including chemical recipes, preparing glass for ambrotype photography, coating glass with collodion, sensitizing and processing wetplate, two photographic shoots  with professional models, varnishing the ambrotype, analysis of photographs taken during the workshop. All participants will be provided with: glass plates, chemicals necessary for wetplate including salted collodion, iron developer, fixer, sensitizer and varnish, a darkroom  for preparing and processing wetplates, the garden surrounding the Tricity School of Photography which makes a wonderful setting for wetplate photography, as well as a photographic studio prepared for wetplate work, two professional models for the shoot...
Wetplate travels

Wetplate travels

Ambrotype travels is the only opportunity of its kind not only to learn the secrets of ambrotype, but also to gain real practive in the field. Ambrotype is one of the oldest and most beautiful photographic techniques allowing the photographers to take unique images on glass. Unfortunately, due to technical constraints connected with collodion wetplate photography, most workshops are tied to studios and photographic darkrooms thus limiting both the available photographic subjects and potential for creation. The field workshop we have prepared is different than any other. Rather than offer a stationary course held in a school, club or guest house, we invite you to participate in a unique travelling wetplate field workshop; a one of its kind opportunity to get field practice and build a varied portfolio in one go. As we will not be limited to staying in one place, close to a traditional darkroom, there will be nothing to stop us from following our fascination and choosing photographic subjects and locations, though this will, of necessity, be built around the original plan of the workshop. In order to ensure the biggest possible variety of photographic subjects the workshop is held on the beautiful Polish coast, in an area combining coastal landscapes, urban architecture and amazing medieval castles. There will also be professional models with 19th century style clothes and professional make up. The maximum number of participants for each workshop is just four. We put at your disposal two mobile darkrooms; one in the shape of an adapted van, and the other, a more traditional portable one so as to enable unlimited freedom of taking pictures....