Ambrotype or Tintype?

We offer two unique ways to create special wet plate collodion photographs from your digital images.  Wet plate collodion photography began in the 1850's and was especially in use during the civil war when Matthew Brady produced thousands of glass plate (ambrotype) photographs as he captured moments instantly that have become a lasting part in the collection of our photographic history.  We create ambrotypes like those of Brady's time, using similar chemical formulas to expose all types of images to glass plates.  These ambrotypes are available in three different color styles, ruby red, cobalt blue, and opaque black.  Tintypes are wet plate collodion images exposed to metal sheets.  Traditionally, tintypes were exposed to black metal sheets.  We offer a twist on the traditional tintype and expose plates in four different metal styles, black, brown, high polish silver, and rose gold. 

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Studio Sittings

We are now booking in camera tintype sittings!  Our sittings are by appointment only and are offered in three sitting sizes.  We create a 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10 tintypes from our Chicago studio.  If you are going to be in the Chicago area and would like to book a sitting, contact us to book you sitting time!

How do I create a collodion image from a digital file?

You have come to the right place!  This is our specialty, taking favorite digital images and old paper photographs and preserving those special memories as wet plate collodion images.  Now available in tintypes and ambrotypes!  Upload you photograph to a metal tintype or a glass ambrotype.  Available in a variety of sizes and colors, our tintypes and ambrotypes will make a precious gift for any occasion.

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Restored campaign pin from 1864

This tiny campaign pin came to us with only one of the photographs present.  The photograph on the left was present, but what had happened to the photograph on the right was anyone's guess.  The request was for us to create a tiny tintype to replace what image had long been missing.  The image was recovered from a digital scan, and this is the result.  We also created a pin back by hand from a piece of brass sheeting and a small brass wire.  The pin back can now be glued with jeweler's adhesive to completely restore the full piece.

This is just an example of one of the ways we can restore images from what was considered lost forever.  If you would like us to help you get started, email Jen at

Ambrotypes! Now turning your favorite digital image into a glass photograph.

The forced hibernation of this winter in Chicago hasn't been all that bad for us here at Digital Tintypes.  We instead decided to focus on creating a whole new product line for our clients that would allow people the option to not only upload their images to metal, but now to upload their images to glass.

Our ambrotypes come in two sizes and three color styles of glass.  They come with a tiny easel for display, and are also sized to pop into a standard frame. 

Tintype Anniversary!

This piece was created to celebrate a wedding anniversary.  The original images are actually polaroids from the wedding photo booth. 

We created four tintypes, mounted them to one of our wabi sabi frames, and displayed on a formed steel easel.  Our frames come with steel rods welded to the back for easy wall hanging, but we are also happy to provide a formed steel easel if you are more inclined to display on a table top. 

Want to create something special for your anniversary?  Just give us a call, we love making special pieces!

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Preserving family history

Preserving a family's history through photographs is a big part of why we do what we do!  Our tintype photographer has been restoring damaged photographs for close to 15 years and has a true passion for creating photographic artifacts.  If you are looking to recreate a modern photograph as a tintype, or if you are preserving a fading memory with a tintype, we are always excited to help create photographic artifacts with our tintypes.  If you have damaged old photographs you would like to mail us, we are happy to help you do that.  Simply email Jen to get started!

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