One Photographer’s Personal Journey in Tintype Photography

Last week we shared an interesting video that shows how Civil War-era tintype photographs were created. Here’s another video on the process from a different angle: instead of discussing or showing the technical details, Michigan-based photographer Robert Shimmin talks about its history and his own journey with tintype photography. He says that the process is “a little bit like cooking and a little but like alchemy”. Unlike with more modern forms of photography, shooting tintypes forces Shimmin to carefully consider each shot due to the fact that each one requires so much time and effort.

(via MLive via PopPhoto)

  • Jackson Cheese

    Why would this moron waste his time with this when Instagram does exactly this and with much less work.

    It’s baffling.

  • Jeroen

    Nice documentary, but unfortunately ruined by bad camerawork… if you can’t get the subject to look into the camere, *at least* try to hold the camera still and try to get it not to refocus all the time…

  • Ralph Hightower

    I like documentaries like this. I don’t have a darkroom setup in my house for developing film and printing. This looks like something I could do.

  • Pat O’Brien

    Would love to learn this and give it a try. Maybe some day…

  • Cloverbjc

    beacuse each shot is carefully thought out and selected. therefore hes going to have much better quality shots than a person shooting pictures at will with very little thought into it. the process makes you and others appreciate the photo more. just because i can make my pic black and white and “look” like a tin on my phone doesnt make it a good photo. this is an art form and i have to say he has mastered it. trust me. i made the transition from film to digital. and with film i was always careful with my shots because i only had 36 of them where as my camera now i can take 1000 pics in 10 minutes. please think carefuly before bashing someones craft and skill.

  • Cloverbjc

    man this makes me miss the darkroom. nothing beats it.

  • Sam Carrot

    Cool short film