Perceptive Photographer Episode 14: Working with Wet Plate

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

June 15, 2015

Episode Number:

PerceptivePhotographerWeblogo

I was working with some wet plate processing this past week. For those of you who don’t know about wet-plate photography is is a wonderful process that is crazy hands-on. You have to coat the glass or metal with collodion, silver, expose the image while the plate is wet–hence the name, develop, fix and varnish the image. It is absolutely an amazing process. The great part of the process is that every image is a unique photograph. The downside is that every image is uniquely created which gives you an opportunity to create problems for yourself with every step. And, as with any old process, there are a million variables that can effect the image.

As I was working on these various images, I got to thinking about how forgiving I am of my work when I am doing these sorts of processes vs my normal work. I also realized that a lot of times it is spending times with these images where I can start to see who all those little variables come into play to make a really special image. It gave me some pause to think about how I could use those same ideas in my day-to-day photography. Would it make a difference to really understand the good, the bad and the truly unique.

Affiliate Links

This website may use affiliate links. This means when you purchase something through links marked as affiliate links (usually noted by a *), I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and services that I personally use or have tested.

New Course at KelbyOne

The power of two & working with diptychs

The power of two & working with diptychs

In this week’s podcast, we talk about how editing and selecting images for diptychs or triptychs can make for more interesting work and boost your creativity in approaching your work.

How much does that photograph cost?

How much does that photograph cost?

In this week’s podcast, I share some thoughts on pricing your work and selling your work as art for the wall. Rather than focusing on what to price, I’ll share with you some of the key things to consider when pricing your work and taking those first step

Has digital really changed photography that much?

Has digital really changed photography that much?

Normally when I get asked about film and digital, I talk about the darkroom days being less and less easy to find, changes in media, or how the industry has shifted. I might tell a story about how I used to work versus how I work today. This time I had a very quick response that could have been seen as tongue in cheek, but in the end, it seemed to be an answer that really resonated in the conversation. After all, a story is a story, and light is light.

This week’s podcast talks about my answer to this wonderful question and how I have evolved over time as a photographer to land on what I think is a great way to think about how we all deal with changes in the photographic industry.