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.
After I cut all the tin I had to coat it all with the emulsion liquid provided.
Then I let the plates dry overnight in a light tight box.