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Digital Wet Plates…. feels sooooo wrong! but right!

Thanks to Gerald Figal for putting a few of us onto this. He’d mentioned it over on one of the Wet Plate Collodion Facebook groups. Basically your shooting an image of your monitor, in this case from my iMac. I’d always wondered if this would work and thanks to Gerald I gave it a go. Its oh so simple, so simple it feels a little like cheating…..

These are all quarter plates exposed for 30 seconds at f4. Some are on black glass and some on Trophy Aluminium.

Here are four quick portraits from previous digital commercial shoots with Marie Canning, Danielle Austin and Dani Lewis.



And a landscape image. Interesting to see the grass reacting as it should, turning very dark.


A little bit of fine tuning and this could easily be put to commercial use.
Update: Digitypes on my main website

And I had to laugh as my new led safelights make my darkbox look like some voodoo shrine!!




  1. Sam Cornwell
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM | #

    With regards to how a digital picture on a screen will turn out as a plate, there’s probably a simple script someone could make. Turn black and white, adjust hue, pull curves.

  2. Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM | #

    Thanks for the shout-out, Tony. These are fantastic! The lower-left is exceptionally superb. Yes, it’s so simple and opens up a lot of cool possibilities. Imagine–international tintype clientele: they send a digital portrait, you plate it! Or how about screenshots during Facetime or Skype chat? I’m already conjuring any number of weird ideas with web pages and text/image play, etc. I swear I should patent the process!

  3. Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM | #

    ….but you’d still have a digital file? These are in your hand actual plates from a colour digital file, its implications are endless.

  4. Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM | #

    Hi Gerald. Yep I reckon theres a definite use for this. As you say, someone has a favourite image, it can now simply be made into a wet plate…. Ker-ching! £$£$ I’ll be posting something along these lines on my website asap…

  5. Rob Durn
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM | #

    And another mash up, Top end Profoto, holga and a wet plate!


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