A First-Timer’s Foray Into Wet-Plate Photography

And why tintypes are the opposite
of Instagram

Tom Standage
Dec 9, 2014 · 8 min read

Glass-plate image of Kirstin and me. Image courtesy of John Brewer
Kirstin with camera. Note the bowler hat over the lens.
Our first glass plates. Note that the image does not cover the entire plate on the left; I failed to coat the plate fully with collodion. The black mark above my head in the right-hand image is the result of a different kind of fault: Kirstin coated the plate with collodion properly but failed to cover the exposed plate fully with developer while processing it.

The Google Glass of the 1870s

Tintype of Kirstin. It’s hard to smile for a 10-second exposure. And photographing someone clearly without their permission is essentially impossible using wet-plate methods.

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Tom Standage

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