July 6, 2024
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
ABOUT DRY PLATE NEGATIVES
When photographing In the field silver gelatin dry plate negative process can be more practical than the wet collodion process. Emulsion is poured on the glass plate and dried before taking it out in the field. The blue-sensitive emulsion gives the unique feel of 19th century photographs. They are also more sensitive to light than collodion wet plate decreasing the exposure times. Although historically they were contact printed, enlarged photographs from the plates can be printed in the darkroom. The plates are made from Foma liquid emulsion – available in Australia from Blanco Negro.
THE DRY PLATE NEGATIVE HISTORY
The collodion process was discovered by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer in 1848, it was universally employed by photographers until 1880 when the gelatin dry plates became widely used. Silver gelatin dry plate process was developed in 1871 and is the direct forerunner of roll film.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
The day involves understanding the preparation of the plate, coating, exposing and processes. All materials are supplied, including lunch. Class Maximum 3
ABOUT ELLIE YOUNG:
Since 1994 Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes. Ellie conducts workshops in a number of alternative processes in her studios, and at times also teaches these processes in collages and institutes around Australia. Ellie constantly exhibits and sells her work nationally and internationally.
WHAT TO BRING
4 x 5 camera – light meter, lens, dark cloth and shutter release. Darkslides to hold the plates will be provided. All other materials including lunch is supplied: – bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing other materials including lunch is supplied, – wear old comfortable clothing