Date: Saturday 29th of April, 10:30-4:30pm.

Cost: £180

Lunch and refreshments included by Kitchen at 44.

Tintypes use a photographic process called Wetplate Collodion, invented in 1850 by Fredrick Scott Archer.  This process not only democratised photography, but the formal portrait as well. Because of this process, virtually anyone of any class could afford to have a portrait made. The Tintype became the most ubiquitous form of photography, until the mass adoption of the Dry Plate process in the late 1890’s.

The process of making tintypes is hugely satisfying, both to experienced photographers, novices and those just interested in image making. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of making a tintype portrait, from coating the metal plate with collodion, sensitising it in silver nitrate to exposing the image and developing it by hand in the darkroom and then watching the magic moment when it turns from negative to positive right before your eyes. We’ll then finish the plates with either varnish or wax.

Course content:

  • 10:30 am start,
  • Discover the history of Tin type,
  • Cover the H&S for the day,
  • How to use a period camera,
  • How to take the best portrait,
  • Break for Lunch made by Kitchen at 44,
  • How to finish your images with Varnish & wax,
  • More image making!
  • Take away a knowledge of Wetplate Collodion Process.

We’ll rotate roles with someone making the portrait and a person posing so everyone gets the chance to learn each part of the process.

You will come away from this workshop with a basic working knowledge of the Wetplate Collodion Process as well as several of your own handmade tintype photographs.

Cancellations must be made at least 3 days prior to receive a full refund. If you have any questions or want more information please contact

  • Venue

    Made in Stirling Store

  • Address

    44 King Street, Stirling, UK

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