Over the years I've had a good number of people ask whether I give workshops. I've finally decided to take some time to share the knowledge I've gained from six years of traveling, shooting and making mistakes.
If you're interested in learning how to make tintypes I'd love to teach you. It's a complex and difficult process but one which, if taken step by step, can be learned and added to your photographic tool kit.
My workshops will be available for a maximum of two people at a time and last for one eight hour day with time for lunch. During the course we'll cover safety, chemistry, equipment requirements and technique. I'll introduce you to the gear which I use, the basics of large format cameras and high powered strobe lighting. We'll also go over the minimum equipment you can purchase to start making tintypes on your own.
Then it's all about practice and giving you the chance to get hands on with making tintypes. Many workshops try to teach everything at once but I prefer to take things one step at a time. You'll spend some time learning to pour a plate correctly, then we'll work on lighting, then the development and fixing process. All at once these can be confusing and if everything is done at once it's tough to tell where exactly you screw up.
You'll be able to shoot at least 10 4x5 tintype plates and by the end of the day you should have a good working knowledge and be able to shoot some solid portraits on your own.
But that's not all.
The toughest part of this process is not when things go right. It's when, invariably, things go pear shaped. I'll be there for you via email or phone for a month after your class to answer questions about what you're struggling with and offer my advice on how to get back on track. You're best teacher is going to be practice but it definitely helps to have someone who's fucked up tintypes seven ways to Sunday to give you a bit of guidance.
I think that's about it! If you have any questions about my workshops please don't hesitate to drop me an email.
If you're unable to make this workshop and would like to be notified of future ones in other cities please use the signup sheet below.
My next workshop will be on February 23 & 24 in Nashville. If you'd like to participate the cost is $800. Please use this form to make a reservation.