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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


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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Celebrating a tenth anniversary

June 10, 2014

The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. (from wikipedia) Here at Digital Tintypes we are happy to create special anniversary gifts for any special occasion!  The traditional gift to celebrate a tenth anniversary is the gift of tin.  We create beautiful tintypes from any digital image.  Upload your favorite photograph and create a tintype for your anniversary.  A tintype is a one of a kind gift your loved one will treasure!

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Children's Tintypes in studio or on location

June 06, 2014

8x10 tintype captured in camera at our Bucktown studio.

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Children's tintype

June 05, 2014

We take sittings by appointment for anyone visiting Chicago.

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