12 Replies to “Making a Tintype”

  1. Mark, what a nice clean image. I’d like to see more from other tintypists. There are so many smoky images from practitioners. I’m blessed to have had such fine teachers? like Sabo and Dunniway. Kind of spoils one after that. Always appreciated your’s and Francis’s as well. – Fritz Kirsch

  2. Mark is a referent in a wet plate world, He makes easy a complicated process.
    Thanks for the video is very “clear”.?

  3. Mark Osterman is truly the modern master of the wet plate process
    as well as ? many historic processes.

  4. I usualy wait untill the plate is sensitized to pose the? subject so they do not have to wait so long, the plate will be sensitive for a while.

  5. @kpkndusa Thanks for your comments. Yes, typically tintypists and photographers? did a preliminary posing, manipulation of the skylight, reflectors and diffusers and then suggested the sitter relax while the plate was sensitized. Just before the exposure they made quick final adjustments and critical focus. In fact, that’s what we did during the filming of this video. However, there were many intermediate steps that we did not include in this piece in an effort to keep it succinct…

  6. …It’s not really a teaching didactic on the entire tintype process, just a quick glimpse for the average museum visitor for the Civil War exhibit we just featured here at the museum.

    Even though you sound like an experienced wet plater, you might want to know that we? teach workshops on tintype, ambrotype, wet & dry collodion negatives, collodion opaltype and collodion chloride emulsion printing-out paper here at the museum. Feel free to contact me directly at mosterman@geh.org – Best , Mark

  7. I just was going threw some of my grandpa’s old stuff and found like 30 of these style photo’s, what would the best way to date them? and? or figuring out who these people are?

  8. This is absolutely wonderful to share. I so want a tintype made of me. It’s one of my life? goals.

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