Each Tintype or Ambrotype is hand processed, utilizing the 160-year-old process called Wet-Plate Collodion photography to create an original one of a kind real tintype or ambrotype photo. With each Wet-plate photo not only do you receive a beautiful piece of history with you in it. You also receive a short history lesson and experience
the process of 19th-century photography. – Please note the ability to produce a quality image is subject to weather, available of natural light, and chemistry, it can take a
couple of tries to do one photo, sitting times vary from 5 – 15 minutes per photo with the complete process from start to finish taking about 30 uninterrupted minutes.
Additionally, we offer the use of different props and backdrops married together with the use of 19th-century lenses that help us capture “the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer.” Then ideally framing your memories through the use of one of our frames or cases
For more information about the history and process of wet-plate collodion photography
The prices are based upon the finished product, not the time involved, allowing the personal attention and care to achieve the optimal finished product what we charge while at events or if you come to us – if we have to travel to you, travel and setup charges are applied, upon travel distances and number of photos being taken.
Please note: that a percentage will be added to the base price based upon travel & site cost.
Our tintypes made from cut & sized thin sheets of trophy aluminum.
The term tin was a generic term used to describe cheap inexpensive metal.
That metal is often blackened through a process called japanning. This blackened metal allows the creation of a positive image, that is mirrored or reversed when it’s been fully processed. The sizes we use are based upon historical sizes.
- 9th plate – $20.00 (2” x 2.5”) only sold with a limited supply of historical cases, prices of cases vary
- CDV – this is a special size (2.25” x 3.5”), sold specifically with museum quality reproduction frames the whole package is $60.00
- 6th plate – $30.00 (2.75“ x 3.25”) cases available
- Quarter plate – $40.00 (3.25“ x 4.25”) frames & cases available
- Half Plate – $50.00 (4.25” x 5.5”) frames coming soon
- 5×7 – $60.00 (this is a contemporary size)
- Whole plate – $80.00 (6.5” x 8.5”)
- 8×10 – $120.00
Frames and cases are sold separately except when grouped in a package
Gift Certificates, frames, and cases are available through our Etsy store
Traditionally ambrotypes were taken on clear glass and backed with asphatum or
some other black material such as velvet, paper or japanned tin, they were also taken on
red or black glass. Ambrotypes are considered as a camera positive image, much as a tintype. Glass takes extra time and care for handling and cleaning, and is more expensive than tin.
Black or red glass is limited based upon availability and does incur extra cost for the glass for 5×7 sizes and up I need a minimum a week advanced notice.
Clear glass Ambrotypes:
- Quarter plate – $60.00
- Half plate – $70.00
- 5 x 7 – $90.00
- Whole Plate – $100.00
- 8 x 10 – $140.00
Asphalted backing, this takes an additional 3-5 days to cure
- Digital Pigment Print: this is a scanned and a printed copy,
there is a $30.00 processing fee per scan plus an additional
a minimum fee of $10.00 per print based on the size (orders paid for upfront)
(some prints are available from Kristine.Zenfolio.com)
- Silver Gelatin Print: this is a dark room print done using
modern photographic papers, from a collodion negative or film
$50.00 for up to 8×10 per un-mounted/framed print.
The following prints are hand processed utilizing historic printing-out papers
and processes. They are often hand prepared utilizing the highest grades
of linen or cotton papers. Each print is done one at time, with it finally being
gold toned to help prevent the image from fading – each print will have variations
in tones and are subject to fading when exposed to direct sunlight
- Salt Prints: salted paper prints were introduced by Henry Fox Talbot in 1834,
They produce an attractive flat finish in browns and purples,
they are noted to hold the fine details of shadows nicely
- half plate – $40.00
- 5×7 – $50.00
- whole plate – $70.00
- 8×10 – 110.00
- Albumen prints: Albumen prints are closely related to salt prints,
with variations of the process existing as early as 1831, however
the official process was introduced by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard
on May 27th, 1850 – they provide a handsome glossy finish in reddish brown
tones and often yield high contrast. Albumen Printing-out paper pretty much
was exclusively used from 1860 – 1885, and to a minor extent to the 1920’s
- half plate – $50.00,
- 5×7 – $60.00,
- whole plate – $80.00
- 8×10 – $120.00
Darkroom Lab Fees:
I primarily work in black and white film, this means I hand process black and white film, print it from negatives ranging from 35mm to 4×5 film or glass my prices start at $50.00 an hour and become negotiable based upon the volume of prints.