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
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
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...
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 ...
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...
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!