Historic Photographic Process:  Wet Plate Collodion

Class Description

One of the first forms of photography, the collodion process is an early photographic process that produced a negative image on glass. In this course, students will learn the wet plate collodion process to produce images on tin tiles or plates. 

Participants of this course will be learning the skills necessary to create successful Tintypes (metal plate) and Ambrotypes (glass plate) photos. By learning basic large format camera operations and simple studio lighting setups, participants grow their photographic skills that also apply to modern techniques. 

In addition to learning the historical collodion process, we will cover basic skills such as black and white film processing and beginning darkroom techniques.  Learning the technical skills and the history of the Tintype/Ambrotype portrait, you will come away with the skills to develop these on your own. Learn how this process evolved along with the fascinating beginnings of photography that produce unique portraits and photos even today.

This is an in-person class that follows social distancing guidelines.

COVID-19 Policy – At this time Cornish  College of the Arts Vaccination Policy states that all students must: (a) establish that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine; (b) obtain an approved exemption. Students will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering any Cornish buildings.


Program Continuing Education

Instructor Winnie Westergard


Registration is currently full or closed at this time. 

  • Winter: Jan 27th to March 3rd
    • Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Spring: March 24th to April 28th
    • Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Ages 18+

Discipline Photography

Price $600 for 6 sessions

Dress Requirements

There are no dress requirements for this course.

Location: Main Cornish Campus, 1000 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121

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