This Holga Camera Shoots Wet Plate Collodians

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All images by Ian Ruhter. Used with permission

When one thinks of a Holga camera, they often associate it with some of the most Lo-fi images that they’ve ever seen. But Ian Ruhter does something that is completely different. Combining his love of wet plate collodion photographry (which is often down at the lowest of ISO levels) Ian has figured out a way to hack a Holga camera to shoot these awesome positives.

Further, Ian states that him and his team work with a wide range of sizes when it comes to plates. “Our largest plates are 4×5 feet all way down to 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4 that I shot with the Holga camera.” states Mr. Ruhter. “The best part of the holga camera is you don’t need to make any modifications. Once you cut the plate to the correct size it fits right in the camera.” Ian continued to state that they still use the camera’s plastic lens to shoot the photos that they do.

But through the process, Ian and his team discovered that they were able to hand hold the camera when working with Profoto lights–something that was typically never done before as the cameras often need seconds to expose an image. Because of this, they were able to create more candid looking images as opposed to the older antique portraits that the process has become known for. The reason for this is because of the amount of light used in the process. Wet plate collodion images are rated at ISO 1, and so the way that the team is able to accomplish what they do is by overpowering the sun with two 2400 watt second Profoto packs with magnum reflectors placed fairly close to the subject.

They’re in the process of working on a project series, but more info will come on that in the future. More of their images and a BTS video are after the jump.

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Tintype App for iOS Devices Will Hopefully Make Your Instagrams Suck Less


Ready to make that Instagram image of your chicken sandwich you had for dinner last night look like a tintype?

The other day we reported on a brand new app called Koloid–which is supposed to mimic the look of Wet Plate Collodian photos. But just recently, a similar app called Tintype has hit the iTunes store as well. Mike Newton, the creator, states that they worked with a Tintype photographer to get the images as close as possible to the real thing. He also wants to help educate people more about the process through the app. And to do that, him and his team plan on adding a national directory of tintype photographers in a future update.

The app is free with a $0.99 upgrade option. You can also visit their website for more and hit the jump for a video explaining the wet plate collodian tintype process.

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Koloid App for iOS Mimics Wet Plate Collodian Photography


There is a huge difference between a real life wet plate collodian and what the new Koloid iPhone app can do, but nonetheless it is awesome that you can at least try to mimic the effect. The camera viewing experience looks similar to what one might see when they look into ground glass. When the picture is taken, you can then carefully develop it yourself using the virtual developer liquids. The point of this is the simulate a darkroom experience–and that is evident in the fact that you’ll even need to react quickly and tilt the phone to spread the liquid all around. Then when you’re all done, you can upload it to your favorite sharing site.

Koloid is available for iPhones only from the iTunes store for $0.99. DPReview Connect already has a great hands on first impressions of the app.