Silver gelatin dryplate

Silver gelatin dryplate

Silver gelatin dryplate, which was the real beginning of the silver based photography as we know it, is probably one of the most difficult challenges that a person passionate about historical processes can face. In order to make our own glass plate negatives we have to overcome a large number of difficulties; starting with obtaining appropriate materials, through the making the emulsion itself to the final coating of the negative and processing the exposed plates so as to make the best use of their speed without damaging the delicate layer of gelatin emulsion. Despite all these difficulties, making your own negatives is the only way if we want to recreate the appearance of the photographs from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries; pictures recorded on glass plates coated with a thick layer of emulsion, emulsion which disperses light very different than modern negatives. Such negatives lack a lot of advantages of the modern materials, are colour blind or orthochromatic. At the same time they imbue the image with a magical quality unavailable to modern products. During the intensive, four day workshop, participants will acquire all the skills necessary to make their own emulsions and glass plate negatives. They will: learn about available materials for home emulsion making, learn to use the emulsion making equipment, learn about the basic processes taking place during the emulsion making as well as the importance of each stage for the resulting product, make a colour blind negative emulsion using modern photographic gelatins. learn to adapt pre-war recipes for use with modern materials. learn to control the speed and fogging of resulting materials,...
Retro photography – silver based techniques (albumen and saltprint)

Retro photography – silver based techniques (albumen and saltprint)

Retro photography – silver techniques is a workshop introducing participants to the intricacies of two most important silver based alternative processes; the albumen print and the salt print. Those two techniques were used to make most prints created in the first decades of the development of photography, both share many features which makes introducing them in one workshop a natural solution. The participants of our two day course will acquire the skills and information needed to start independent work using both processes. During the workshop they will: learn the history of both techniques, understand the chemistry of the two processes, learn various methods to prepare salted paper, learn to prepare the albumen paper, learn to prepare both glossy and matte albumen paper, prepare themselves both albumen and salted paper which they will use to make their own prints, learn to prepare digital negatives for both processes, learn to prepare large format negatives for both processes, learn to process both albumen and salt prints, learn the basic tools for controlling contrast in both processes. The fee includes: all materials required to make saltprints, all materials required to make glossy and matte albumen prints, practice negatives, unlimited access to a fully equipped darkroom, a handout, UV light sources. Tutor: Radosław Brzozowski, the author of the first Polish textbook on albumen printing. Location: Tricity School of Photography, 34 Wierzbowa St., Gdynia, Poland Maximum number of participants: 6 Date: March 30-31, 2019 Nearest airport: Gdańsk, Lech Wałęsa Airport Price: 190 eu. Though we don’t provide accommodation, we will gladly advice where it can be booked. Zapisz...