Tintype

I am setting out on a journey.  A journey that will take me back in time.  I am going to learn the process of tintype photography.  At the beginning of this project I have almost zero knowledge of the process and what is required.

I discovered a while ago a tintype kit online through Freestyle Photographic.  I am starting with that kit.  The camera I will use is a 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Speed Graphic camera that used to belong to my grandfather.   This camera has been sitting idle for a long time since Ilford decided to stop making film for it.

So, back to the kit.  It is made by a company called Rockland Colloid.  They make a lot of things for old style photographic processes.  The kit I bought is called the Tintype Parlor Kit.  It has 8 sheets of tin cut to 4x5 size.  I took the tin to Kinkos (yes I still call it that) to cut it down on their paper cutters.  I measured the board and marked it with tape where I needed to place the tin so it would cut to the right size every time.

Measuring the tin

Measuring the tin

 

After I cut all the tin I had to coat it all with the emulsion liquid provided.  

Emulsion liquid

Emulsion liquid

Then I let the plates dry overnight in a light tight box.  

Cut plates and light tight box

Cut plates and light tight box