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!