Make Your Own 5×7″ Wet Plate Holder with a 3D Printer

Heads up, wet plate photographers! If you are in need of a wet plate holder, here’s how you can make one with a 3D printer. 

Planning to give wet plate photography a go but realized you’re missing a 5×7″ plate holder and haven’t been able to find one? To the rescue comes Robert Bieber who recently shared on the r/Collodion subreddit his design for such a holder. Now, all you need to do is get access to a 3D printer.

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Oleksandr Malyy Channels Solid Steampunk Vibes in Wet Plate Project

All photos by Oleksandr Malyy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Wet plate photography, also known as wet collodion process, is among the topics we like to keep tabs on. It’s amazing how this centuries-old photographic process is kept alive in the digital age. The projects made with this process today never fail to show just how timeless the craft can be. Case in point is the wet plate photos of Kiev-based Oleksandr Malyy, which is a testament to how perfect it is for photographing steampunk-themed projects!

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This Could Well be the First Handheld Wet Collodion Selfie Ever

Ever wondered if it’s possible to do a handheld selfie with wet collodion?

We’re big fans of pushing the limits of photography regardless of the medium, so imagine our wonder when someone answered with a resounding yes! Last time we shared some cool stuff from San Diego-based Anton Orlov of the Photo Palace Bus, it involved a 4×5 camera with an f0.7 lens. Recently, he got in touch with us and told us about his recent projects, including what is most likely the world’s first handheld wet collodion selfie ever. But wait, doesn’t wet collodion involve an achingly slow exposure time and sturdy tripods? Well, that’s what he sought to address to create his unique selfie!

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The Tintype Studio: Revisiting a Chapter of Photography History

If you loved our feature on how old school photography studios are standing out today, here’s our full interview with The Tintype Studio for additional reading.

If you’re surprised that film is still alive and kicking, you’d definitely be even more astonished to find out that even more antiquated photography processes — tintypes and ambrotypes — are still around. Best of all, you can book a sitting today with studios offering portrait sessions in these unique processes. We very recently got in touch with a bunch of these old school photography studios to find out how they are standing out from their modern counterparts. You’ve most likely read about that here. However, we also wanted to share with our readers our full interview with each of these studios to paint a clearer picture of their visions, how they work, and what it’s like running their unique spaces. For today, the spotlight is on The Tintype Studio, which offers a fun and retro take on portrait sessions in their creative space in downtown Toronto.

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Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp on Creating Tintype Community Portraits

All images by Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp. Used with permission.

While it’s common for photographers to undertake photography projects documenting their communities, only a handful of them get the community itself involved. So when we came across the tintype project of Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp, we just had to put the spotlight on it. The aim of Tintypes: A Community Portrait was to engage with the community by bringing people together through the wet plate collodion process. But that’s not the only interesting detail about the project. Sobsey and Telkamp were inspired by the idea to get people to come out of their houses to check out and participate in their project — much like how everyone would head out at the call of the ice cream truck. And that’s exactly how things went down.

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“Big Red” Tells the Story of One Man’s Big Love for Tintype Photography

This collaboration is all about the inspiring story of Steven Glynn’s unique preference for tintype photography, and how it can also be an inspiration for anyone who grew up feeling out of place

Through a collaboration between photo-video accessories maker Vanguard and Taproot Pictures, we learn about yet another photographer’s big love for tintype photography at a time of digital perfection. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration to get you out of a creative slump, or you’re just simply passionate about traditional photographic processes, this story is definitely for you.

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