Tintypes may not be as common as they once were, but the art form certainly isn’t dead. It’s a very precise process that needs either a lot of light all at once or a long exposure time to get it right. The folks at Tested took Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman to get his tintype portrait taken by Michael Shindler, a San Francisco-based tintype photographer and one of the best-known in the field.
The video’s a great look at the process involved in creating a tintype. Given the nature of the medium, the plate has an ISO rating of less than 1, typically around .5, which is a little crazy to think about given some of the ISO ranges of recent cameras.
Making a tintype is a highly technical process that necessitates a great deal of patience from both the subject and the photographer, and the result is worth the wait. Taking on such a technically complex art form is a commitment that not everyone can make. Those that do are creating something great for the rest of us.
The video’s below after the break.