We are always happy to travel to Universities and Photographic Studios with darkroom facilities to teach group workshops. Regular one-to-one Wetplate collodion workshops are held at our home studio in Chorlton, Manchester.
Do I need to attend a workshop?
While wetplate isn’t inherently difficult troubleshooting can be difficult. We would recommend going on a workshop if you can.
Before attending a workshop John recommends you go through this check-list with the tutor.
Check List for Workshops
- How many people will attend a workshop?
- Will chemistry be covered explaining what each individual component does?
- Does the tutor have experience in teaching?
- Has the tutor exhibited?
- How many years has the tutor been working in wetplate?
- Will you get to make images of different sizes?
- Will the tutor explain the different types of cameras and lenses suitable for wetplate and will you get to try them?
- Is the tutor a practicing wetplate artist?
- Can the tutor show you his or her work first hand or on a website?
- Is the workshop two days or longer?
If the answer to any of the questions is “no”, I would recommend not going on that particular workshop. In my own workshops, I teach a maximum of four students on my own or six if I am assisted. In my opinion, Wetplate cannot be learnt in one day.