Ambrotypes Workshop

19 June 2016

09:30 - 17:00

Lacock, Wiltshire
Manger Barn
1 High Street
United Kingdom
SN15 2LQ

Tel:01225 325 733

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RPS Member£95.00 
Non RPS Member£120.00 
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The Wet Collodion Process was one of the first photographic processes (after Daguerrotypes and Talbot's Calotype process) and turned out to be the most important one of the 19th Century.

It delivers unique photographs on glass or blackened metal plates (Ambrotypes/Ferrotypes) and stunning negatives when printed on salted paper or albumen.

Almost all pictures known from the Victorian era or the American Civil War were taken this way.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make your own ambrotypes (direct positives on glass), which you can take home with you.

The artist/photographer Michael Schaaf guides you through the process; from the cleaning of the plates, the coating with collodion, sensitising, capturing a picture, developing and then finally the varnishing of the plate with historic varnishes made of gum sandarac and lavender oil.

Michael is a professional collodion photographer and works exclusively with this technique over six years. To see more of his work you can visit

Everyone should be able to make at least one plate. You will use Michael’s large format cameras and he’ll provide all materials and photographic materials as well as safety equipment. Special photographic skills or experience with large format cameras are not required.

What to bring

Packed lunch or use local amenities
You will be working with Silver nitrate which eventually produces durable stains, so you will need to wear something black or bring appropriate work clothes.

Something to carry your plate home in to protect it.

Times: 9.30 – 5pm
Address: Manger Barn, 1 High Street, Lacock, SN15 2LQ Map:
Parking: You can park in the Red Lion Car Park which is found opposite the barn. 

Image: copyright Michael Schaaf

Cancellation policy

Notice of Cancellation - Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Email the event organiser
01225 325 733