Wet Plate Collodion with Rashod Taylor | June

Wet Plate Collodion with Rashod Taylor

Date  | Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, 2024

We need 6 participants registered by May 23, 2024 in order to run the workshop.

Time  |   9 AM – 5 PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1200 Lincoln Street, Suite 111, Denver, CO, 80203

Cost  |  $761 Member and $845 Non-Member

Instructor  |  Rashod Taylor

Skill Level  |  All Levels


This introductory workshop will teach students the basics of the collodion process (or wet-plate process), along with how to create tintypes and ambrotypes. Students will also learn to setup and use a basic portable darkroom for chemical sensitizing and developing. 

Course Description:

Developed in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, the collodion process allows images to be created by sensitizing, exposing, and developing in a roughly 15 minute time-frame. This process became popular because it was quicker than older image-making methods (such as daguerreotype and paper negatives), and because it was patent-free, making it more accessible to all income levels. Dubbed “wet-plate process” because exposure time was shortened with a damp plate, and required developed quickly after exposing, it thus forced photographers to employ a portable darkroom with chemistry on-hand. Though the overall experience can be delicate and cumbersome, it renders each plate a one-of-a-kind piece along with an appreciation for processes of image-making in our instant-image age.

Day 1: The workshop will begin with a short orientation: a history of the wet plate process, tools and materials, safety, and demonstration. Each student will make at least 4-6 plates (but usually more). At the end of the day, varnishing will be discussed.

Day 2: As a class, students will review the plates from the first day, and continue making plates on whichever choice of material they choose. Continuing and completion of varnishing will round out the workshop.

Each student will have the chance to work one-on-one with the instructor. Images will be made both indoors and outdoors as well as with studio lighting equipment. There is no prior photography experience required, all levels are welcome.

Materials Needed:

  • All materials, chemistry, tools and and cameras will be provided
  • 4×5 cameras will be made available for use
  • If you would like to bring your own 4×5 camera or other materials to work with, you are welcome to do so