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Create a wet plate collodion tintype or ambrotype from your favorite photograph!

We are a full service wet plate collodion studio specializing in creating tintypes and ambrotypes from uploaded digital files and old photographs.  We created this service to provide an opportunity for anyone to create a wet plate collodion heirloom of their cherished memories. Our team treats each image as a historical artifact and takes great care to provide you with the highest quality product.

Our digital tintypes and ambrotypes are created from authentic collodion formulas that we make by hand.  Our collodion recipes are created from the 1860's photographer's formula book, The Silver Sunbeam.  We make our varnish by hand as well, it is created using the same traditional formulas that have served photographers for well over 150 years.

We also create custom sizes, contact us for more information about custom sizing or get started with our easy order process by selecting a size

Digital Tintype

Multiple Plate Styles Available

We offer four different plate styles for any digital tintype product. Each has their own tone and reflective quality. See the videos below for more detail

Rose Gold Plate

Brown Plate


How to make a tintype with a Hasselblad camera

September 09, 2014

The Hasselblad, what a beautiful camera!  Below is my Hasselblad and Zeiss lens, a powerful analog machine of fine metal, glass and craftsmanship.  Modifying a polaroid back to create tintypes is a very simple process.  You simply need to glue a few strips of plastic into your polaroid holder to hold your metal plate.  I used a little too much gorilla glue on the polaroid back below, but it functions and that is the important piece! Paired with the Hasselblad and Polaroid back above, I am able to create some very unique miniature tintype portraits. Here I am speaking to a collector's group for MOPA San Diego about the tintype process and using unconventional techniques to modify cameras and create...

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Why make tintypes from your digital photos?

August 28, 2014

Whenever I speak to a client on the phone the story of how I came to create digital tintypes inevitably comes up.  I started restoring photographs over 15 years ago.  Taking tattered and torn old turn of the century photographs of family members and creating new restored silver gelatin negative and prints.  These images I receive from clients are to them priceless.  They are often the only window into the past life of our shared families.  Being able to take the only photograph of a family member and breathing new life into the photograph through restoration is a gift to the recipient.  For the client, it has often been an emotional experience and one that is personally rewarding.  It is...

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How to make a tintype

August 26, 2014

A tintype starts with an alchemical processes that is best hand made by the photographer.  Wet plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes are particular in their creation and like cooking, it is best that the chef be very familiar with their ingredients.  This is why we make all of our own chemicals and do as much as we can from scratch.  Keeping the process in house helps us to keep control of the results so that each little wet plate collodion 'cookie' comes out just as sweet as the last! Here is a video of our tintype photographer, Jen Jansen creating a tintype portrait of musician Marc Ford.  The portrait was used for his full length record release Holy Ghost  ...

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A little wet plate collodion history.

July 21, 2014

What is wet plate collodion photography?  Here is a little definition from Wikipedia, The collodion process is an early photographic process, invented by Frederick Scott Archer. It was introduced in the 1850s and by the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. During the 1880s the collodion process, in turn, was largely replaced by gelatin dry plates—glass plates with a photographic emulsion of silver halides suspended in gelatin. The dry gelatin emulsion was not only more convenient but could be made much more sensitive, greatly reducing exposure times."Collodion process" is usually taken to be synonymous with the "collodion wet plate process", a very inconvenient form which required the photographic material to be...

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