Basic Collodion Technique: Ambrotype & Tintype

A while back I bought the manual Basic Collodion Technique: Ambrotype & Tintype written by Mark Osterman and his wife France Scully Osterman. It was not until the past few days I came around to reading it. What a comprehensive manual! Sure, it says basic in the title but it’s even a very decent and (to me) very clarifying guide for people working with the process for a couple of years now. I am really glad I’ve bought it and am very much looking forward to the Complete Collodion Guide they have been working on for the past few years. I hope it won’t be too long before it will be finished (hint hint 🙂 )

If you’re also interested in ordering this shoot France an email:
sculloster [at] gmail [dot] com

56 pages where the process gets explained, the chemistry necessary, formulas to work with but most importantly what exactly these ingredients do, how they relate to each other and how to adjust them accordingly when deemed necessary. That part makes this an extremely valuable manual; to really understand what the compounds of let’s say the developer do. That, and proper exposure, determine the outcome in a far greater way than what sort of collodion you’ll be using. Have fun!

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3 responses

  1. Thank you for this great review! We really appreciate it.

    The Scully & Osterman website gives instructions on how to order: www.collodion.org.

    If you have a credit card, you can order easily from:
    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/18622-Basic-Collodion-Technique-Ambrotype-and-Tintype-by-France-Scully-and?cat_id=601

    Best regards,
    France

    March 13, 2013 at 23:46

    • Sorry, for the confusion. I suggested ordering from Freestyle if you are outside the U.S. and have a credit card. Otherwise, you can order from us directly. (go to: collodion.org). Thanks!

      March 16, 2013 at 16:48

    • Hello Scully,

      I love(d) your manual so writing a positive review was not all that hard 😉 I also love sharing things that turned out to be useful to me so that others may find them as well. You’re doing a great job and I’m eagerly awaiting your All-Things-Collodion-Big Manual!

      Best,

      Indra

      March 18, 2013 at 22:34

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