NEW Field Wet Plate Collodion Shoot - Southern California

Discussion in 'Workshops & Lectures' started by Will Dunniway, May 12, 2007.

  1. Will Dunniway

    Will Dunniway Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Corona, Cali
    8x10 Format
    NEW Field Wet Plate Collodion Shoot coming this July 14-15, 2007
    Large format camera

    Instructor: Will Dunniway of Corona, California, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, has been a professional graphic artist and photographer for over 40 years. He now practices the 19th century art of wet plate collodion photography using original cameras and lens with nearly 20 years experience.

    The basic course description $425: ($100 deposit required to hold space)

    Saturday: At the Corona Studio - Students will learn (or relearn) the making of ambrotypes (glass direct positives) and tintypes. (Ferrotypes, tin plate direct positives) adn large format glass collodion. Students are guided through the process step-by-step from the mixing, pouring, exposing and development of plates poured with wet collodion. The newest 4 color edition of the manual, Making the Wet Collodion Plate in 16 Steps manual by Will Dunniway is included along with all materials in the course fee. Students will use a period 1860 field camera with 1860-70 lenses. This will be for the beginner and experienced collodion practitioner. A two day course crammed into one day.

    Sunday: Private land (with facilities) above Murrietta, California - We will drive the 30 minutes from Corona, Ca. to the oak /boulder wilderness location on the land of a friend. Very private. There I will set up one or two portable darkrooms and tutor you in a hands on field environment doing field wet plate work in the tradition of the old wet plate collodion masters. Lunch will be packed for you.

    The workshop is not about the historical use of the process. It is about the use of wet plate collodion in a contemporary setting. It just so happens that I am an historical tin-typist with 19 years in the field doing this wet plate process.

    I do not require anything remotely historical. I will also help you adapt newer 'view' type cameras with wet plate backs. Given this, my equipment is all original by default. This is the only equipment I use. My students have really enjoyed working with this rare camera equipment . The look these old lens give is incredible. In the end you will go away with a working knowledge of the process, not it's historical interpretation.

    I hope this information is useful. If you need to ask any questions, call. If you give me a thumbs up - Email: to attend the July 14-15, 2007 - The NEW Summer Wet Plate Collodion Field Shoot Workshop. Hope you can come

    Will Dunniway

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  2. T Caltabiano

    T Caltabiano Member

    May 27, 2007
    Corona, CA
    Multi Format
    I must comment that Will is a good friend of mine and I have been able to sit in on his workshops over the years. As I get to know many of his students, without exception they all agree that Will's patient and encouraging personality is key in their learning this craft.
    Will has been doing this stuff longer than most, and his knowledge about 19th century photographic processes is truly encyclopedic.
  3. kendrick

    kendrick Member

    May 6, 2006
    8x10 Format
    Will, is a good friend and very talented photographer. His knowledge with the process is immense and his patience and care that he shows each student is invaluable. When I've been stumped in the field I've called Will who always had great leads on the cause of unknown problems. You will not regret sharing time and learning from this wonderful person.

    Robb Kendrick