March 17, 2022

Ambrotypes made by hand

Why trust us to make your tintypes or ambrotypes?  Hands down, we make the finest replications in the world. We make a silver gelatin negative of your digital file before we expose your ambrotype or tintype in the traditional chemical process.  We make all our chemistry by hand using our own formulas we have modified from the 1860’s photographers hand book, The Silver Sunbeam.  Our work is made by hand, by wet plate collodion photographer, Jen Jansen.  She is an expert in the field and a master darkroom printer.  Simply check out her personal work to get an understanding of her 25 years of photographic experience.  There aren’t any shortcuts with our work, if we can’t make It perfect, we don’t make it, simple as that.  Your memories are heirlooms and that is why we created this business.  It’s not a printing service, but a slow brew, handmade, heirloom photographic process of creating true artwork of your images.  Everything we do is to make your ambrotypes and tintypes the best quality they can.  You can always tell quality of replication and find a master printer’s work when you look at the mid tones, those subtle shades that build into shadows and build out of highlights.  The mid tones hold the depth of an image, the subtle details you should never erase.  That’s why we are the best!  Each image is first gone over and selectively dodged or burned in areas needing more or less detail, as well as selectively slightly sharpened in areas or restored if damaged.  These fine touches come with each plate as a part of our service.  We also offer additional restoration if needed for severely damaged works.  


February 11, 2022

Why us?

There are a lot of options out there in printing your favorite photographs.  Why make a digital tintype with our team?  Our process is the only one of it’s kind in the world.  We first start by creating a silver rich negative of your digital file.  Why make a negative? Why not just shoot a screen or print out a transparency? One word QUALITY!  You simply can not make fine art work if you skip steps.  That’s why we are here!  We take it slow, make everything by hand, and use traditional analog processes to recreate the finest heirlooms.  Would you make prints of your wedding or favorite memory by taking a photo of a screen?  Of course not, your photographs are heirlooms memories that should be treated with care by an expert.  That’s us!  Our goal is to make the finest quality work possible, sacrificing nothing in loss of detail.  How do we do it?  We treat your photographs as our own.  If your image doesn’t work well in the process or we have advice on how to preserve, we let you know right away.  Check out our testimonials page to hear how our clients love our team!
February 10, 2022

Ambrotypes framed in original case

Exposing your precious memories and preserving all the details! Ambrotypes are fine glass works of silver images plated to glass sheets. Our handpoured ambrotypes are made from authentic photographic negatives and exposed by hand in an enlarger.  We do this the slow way so that your images are preserved as precious memories.  Trust your history to the experts in analog processes and fine restoration!

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October 26, 2021

High School Graduation Tintype sessions

High school, what a time.  A moment to capture and keep as a part of your families photographic archive.  Graduation is time to stop and celebrate all that has been accomplished to this point in life.  We love to capture these important family moments.  We've met a number of students through the years and am always excited to hear what they have to say about what is next for their future.  If you are in Chicago and want to make time for a special graduation session, just reach out!  Here's to this year's graduates!  May you run fast toward your dreams!

January 26, 2021

Married in 2011? The year of your 10th anniversary!

The tenth anniversary is one of tin.  We love to help our clients preserve their favorite wedding photograph by exposing it as a silver rich wet plate collodion photograph!  These traditional photographs can be plated to metal or glass.  The traditional anniversary gift of tin and silver is one that will be cherished for generations.


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In case you didn’t know tintypes make a great anniversary gift for the 10th or “Tin” anniversary. Let us know if you have any questions.

If you are not sure which photo to use in your order, we are happy to help with selecting the right photo.

If you need you order by a special day, we can rush an order

We pride ourselves on our incredible customer service and we have dozens of 5 star reviews from actual previous customers.


Reach out and ask for Jen.

December 08, 2020

Your 10th anniversary moment is forever!

The 10th anniversary is the gift of tin.  What could be a better gift for your forever sweetheart than one of the traditionally made tintype.  The wet plate collodion photographic process began in the 1850's and renders images of silver on metal sheets of tin alloy.  Our wet plate collodion tintypes continue this hand poured photographic tradition while offering our clients the ability to turn their old photos or digital images into hand held silver rich heirlooms!  If you need help editing your wedding photograph to create this anniversary heirloom, just reach out to our team and we are happy to help you make the most perfect tenth anniversary gift! 

Your tenth anniversary is special!  Let us help you make the traditional tenth anniversary gift of tin.

December 07, 2020

The 5 best photographs to tintype!


2020 has been one long year!  We hope everyone in your family is safe and healthy.  Thank you to all of you who have been working so hard to take care of all of us and keep us healthy!  Take that Covid-19!

This year is really the perfect year to gift a special photographic memory to those family members you can't hug this holiday season.  Our tintypes and ambrotypes are a little hug your loved one can hold and remember times shared. 

There are so many special moments to convert into a tintype.  The top 5 moments we end up creating for our clients worldwide are:

1. 10th anniversary

2. newborn baby

3. restoration and new creation of old family photographs

4. wedding moments

5. group family photographs

If you need help creating the perfect gift for this holiday season, just reach out and our team is happy to help!  We can even rush things to be in time for your special moment.  Happy holidays from all of us at Digital Tintypes!  We wish you all a safe and healthy 2021!