Wet Plate Collodion Photography from a First-Person Point of View

Here’s a video that may be very interesting to you if you’ve never tried your hand at creating a tintype with wet plate collodion photography. Oklahoma City-based photographer Mark Zimmerman recently strapped a GoPro Hero 3 to his head and went through the entire process of creating a wet-plate photo on aluminum, from flowing the collodion in the beginning, through exposing it using his large format camera, and ending with a finished tintype photo of a camera.

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Here’s a scan of the resulting 6.5×8.5-inch plate Zimmerman created in the video:


You can find more of Zimmerman’s tintype photos over on his website. Here’s a collection of collodion portraits.

Image credits: Video and photos by Mark Zimmerman and used with permission

  • 3ric15

    Wow. Very cool!

  • Samcornwell

    Every single person in the Black Paws community is now asking themselves… ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’

  • Leonardo Abreu

    That’s why I love digital…

  • xum

    That’s why I love old school photography !

  • Brian Grady

    This is amazing. There should be more how-tos like this.

  • Santiii

    So was this photo an ambrotype or a tintype?

  • Bob

    His view camera looks like an 8 X 10 Deardorff.