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This is the Wet Plate Collodion Process in 6 Seconds



Want to see how wet-plate collodion photography is done but have the attention span of a goldfish? Our buddy Sam Cornwell over at Phogotraphy has created an unusual step-by-step wet plate walkthrough — everything is crammed into a 6-second Vine video.

Here it is for your enjoyment:

We see everything from preparing the wet plate with collodion, loading it into the camera, taking a photo, and then developing the plate in the darkroom. It’s a 17-step process demonstrated in 6 seconds — or about 2.8 steps per second.

If you’d like a longer and more serious look at the process, here’s an 11-minute walkthrough from a first-person point of view.

P.S. Goldfish have an attention span of 9 seconds. If yours is shorter, don’t worry: you’re not alone. A recent study found that the average human attention span has dropped to 8 seconds.