Dry Plate and Emulsion 101: (Most) Everything You Need to Know To Get Started*

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  1. dwross

    dwross Subscriber

    Feb 13, 2004
    Oregon Coast
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    *But were afraid to ask.

    Denise Ross and Kirk Keyes would like to announce that we are hosting a weekend mini-workshop on photographic emulsion making, with a focus on making dry plates. This mini-workshop is free, and is being held on Saturday, August 9th in Portland, OR, and on Sunday, August 10th in Newport, OR. As space is limited, please email or PM if you are interested or would like more info.

    The following subjects will be covered:

    Saturday, August 9th, Portland, OR. 10AM to 4PM
    Discussion of emulsion making procedures and practices
    Show and tell - Denise's hand-made emulsion portfolio with examples of many paper substrates. emulsion colors, and glass plate negatives.
    If anyone attending has worked with dry plate - at any stage - they are warmly invited to share their results.
    Emulsion making techniques and tools - Demonstrations of techniques and tools used in making emulsions -emulsion preparation, washing emulsions, making glass plates, cutting plates, cleaning plates, papers for coating...
    Lab gear - how to use some of the tools, like stir plates, temp controllers, digital thermometers, pH meters, digital scales, peristaltic pumps, gold coffee filters, syringes and adjustable pipettes and other volumetric devices.
    Different ways to coat - puddle pushers, glass coating wells, doctor blades, and hand-held techniques...
    Plate holders and view camera basics.
    We'll have handouts with some formulas and information about making emulsions.

    Sunday, August 10th, Newport, OR. Noon to 4PM
    Sunday is the actual demonstration day where the tools and techniques discussed on Saturday are put to use.
    There will be white light demos of emulsion making (as opposed to Saturday's verbal description, discussion, and darkroom walk through).
    Hands-on practice with the different coating techniques.

    We will have cookies and beverages on both days, but people should plan on brown-bagging it.

    So in a sentence, Saturday has the focus of 'how do I get started?' while Sunday gives you the opportunity to get some hands-on experience so you can make emulsions yourself.

    You can contact Denise at denise@dwrphotos.com or Kirk at kirk@keyesphoto.com with your reservation or questions.

    We'd love to see you there!!