Posted on 2019-10-28

South Africa - Collodion Wet Plate - Ambrotype Photography Workshop

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Collodion Wet Plate Photography is a Negative photograph on glass made by the wet plate collodion process. The ambrotype was introduced in the 1850s.
The Process : One side of a clean glass plate is coated with a thin layer of iodized collodion, then dipped in a silver nitrate solution. The plate is exposed in the camera while still wet. Exposure times varied from five to sixty seconds or more depending on the brightness of the lighting and the speed of the camera lens. The glass plate is then developed and fixed. The resulting negative is then contact printed on photographic paper in the darkroom or viewed against a black background.
The size of the negative is 10cm x 15 cm and can be scanned or the print made from the negative can be manipulated and then scanned. The camera that is used is an original 1889 Lancaster Instantograh Half Plate View Camera

Type of experience

  • Photo Workshop


  • Africa


  • Experience local culture
  • Largely landscapes
  • Encounter wildlife
  • Explore nature
  • Perfect urban technique
  • Approach people
  • Discover a city
  • Street life
  • After dark
  • A day in a studio
  • A day of sport
  • Under the water
  • From the air
  • Other


  • Get in touch for availability


  • One day

Duration (other)

You decide!

Languages spoken

Enaglish, Afrikaanse, German, Dutch

What is included

  • Pro photographer
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Some meals
  • Tour leader expenses
  • Internal transport
  • Car & driver
  • Local guide
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees (parks, monuments ...)
  • Personal critique/review
  • Post production tutorials
  • Post experience mentoring
  • Equipment

What is included (other)

A smile

What is not included but recommended for the experience

A sense of humour

Five keywords that best describe the experience you will have


Camera equipment used by photographer

I have all 35, 120, 4x5, wetplate and more

Private or group?

  • Private
  • Group

Max group size


Min group size


Non photographer's welcome