Wet plate photography workshop

Join local photographer, Stephen Raff, and learn how to make glass plate photographs as done by Miss Rosalie Chichester of Arlington Court, using traditional wooden bellowed cameras and chemicals.

  • Booking essential

The day consists of a comprehensive introduction to wet plate collodion photography, the history, equipment and chemicals. Weather permitting you will be making glass plates outside using natural light, alternatively indoors with studio lighting. A demonstration will show how to prepare, make and finish your plates, following which you will then spend the day making your own plates with guidance to take home.


Event ticket prices
  • All £150.00
    per person

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Over 16's only.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
This event is taking place at The Mill at Arlington Court. Instructions on how to get here and where to park will be shared to those booked on before the event.
What to bring and wear
Please wear suitable clothing for this event, you will be working with chemicals which could stain clothing if contact is made.
Please note the venue for this event has no level access, wheelchairs won't be able to access this room.
Wet plate collodion photography was invented in 1851, one of the first photographic processes. Photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Lewis Carol and Arlington Court’s Miss Rosalie Chichester all enjoyed working with this technique. Large wooden bellowed cameras were used to make images onto plates of glass using chemicals that needed to stay wet to produce an image. The process is an arduous task, being slow, methodical, requiring a darkroom on location and taking 15-20 minutes to make just one glass plate. Working with natural light the exposure times vary from a second or two to several minutes, capturing a passage of time. Please bring lunch with you. Tea and coffee will be provided.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
25 April 2020 10:00 - 17:00 Available
16 May 2020 10:00 - 17:00 Available

Contact Info

Arlington Court
Call 01271 850296

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