Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

Large Format Collodion process

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Tintype (Wet Plate Collodion) Workshop

The tintype process (also known as ferrotype) was invented in 1853 and was one of the main photographic methods for almost 30 years. To make an image, a plate of tin is coated with a unique emulsion and exposed in a large format camera while still wet. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare, expose and develop each image - a sort of 19th century polaroid if you like. In this workshop we will explore a brief history of the process, after which we will show you how to coat, expose and develop your own plates.

The Fox Darkroom is located in the Young Husband wool store in Kensington, built in 1901, and features many late 19th century architectural spaces and bluestone alley ways that help to give these images a proper antique feeling.

Because the wet plate collodion process is difficult to master, we cannot guarantee masterpieces. However, each participant will get at least one image, and we will cover the common issues people come across while making Tintypes and the best ways to avoid them.

Note: Please be aware that the wet plate collodion process uses volatile chemicals. Safety issues will be addressed, and protective aprons, masks, goggles and gloves will be provided. 

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What you will learn
  • Learn how to use a beautiful large format view camera.
  • Explore the alleyways and hidden spaces of industrial Kensington.
What you will get
  • One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer.
  • Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this!
  • Walk away with your own tintype image.
  • Post workshop a comprehensive PDF document will be sent to participants outlining how they can continue to practice techniques at home.
  • Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day.
  • A complimentary gift from your favourite darkroom!

What to bring
  • Old comfortable clothes.
  • An old apron or lab coat if you have one.
  • Protective shoes.
What to wear


Appropriate for

Photography enthusiasts, creatives, those who like to make art by hand and are seeking a truly unique experience with likeminded folk.


The Fox Darkroom

Vendor since 2015

The Fox Darkroom is a photographic art studio like no other, located in inner city Melbourne we specialise in black & white film photography and darkroom printing workshops. We also offer darkroom hire to the public and a membership option to a passionate group of enthusiasts keen on keeping the art of film photography alive. 

Located in the newly restored Young Husband Building at No. 10 Elizabeth St, Kensington, The Fox Darkroom offers workshops, darkroom for hire, great coffee and retro inspiration in the heart of Melbourne.

Share your passion for photography in this vintage urban environment offering all you need to produce stunning black and white images. Introductory workshops and darkroom hire (all inclusive) with excellent member discounts available. 

There are workshops running most Saturdays – Photography & Developing Basics, a photo tour with a difference. Learn the magic of film photography on a beautiful vintage camera and tour of Kensington’s hidden places and alleyways, afterwards return to our studio and hand develop your first batch of negatives. The second is Darkroom Printing Basics, which takes you into the darkroom to hand print your black and whites. 

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Fox Darkroom or organised by The Fox Darkroom must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by The Fox Darkroom.


I agree to give The Fox Darkroom unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at The Fox Darkroom classes and events or on The Fox Darkroom's premises. (For use of The Fox Darkroom marketing materials).


The Fox Darkroom requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions

The Fox Darkroom provides goods and services to you subject to the following conditions. If you purchase from our online store ( or visit out premises at (10 Elizabeth St, Kensington) you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully.

Workshop Enrolment

All workshops must be paid for in full (prior to the workshop commencement date) to secure your place. Places are subject to availability.


Refunds cannot be given when notice is given less than 1 week before the workshop date.

Transfers (between people or a workshop date) can be made if notice is given no less than 1 week before the workshop date.


The Fox Darkroom website and information contained within it can be used for your own personal use and must not be used for any commercial reason.

Darkroom hire

Access depends on availability. Bookings must be made in advance.

Health and Safety

The Fox Darkroom is not responsible for the archival quality or outcome of film processing or printing made in this facility. You also acknowledge that the darkroom is hired out as a shared facility and it is your responsibility to be aware and courteous of other people’s needs and safety and to take care of your belongings at all times. The Fox Darkroom has no liability for personal belongings of darkroom members.

While we take all care to ensure your safety, in agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to understand and be liable for the health and safety risks of the darkroom. It is your responsibility to take the appropriate health and safety precautions. Your health and safety is not the responsibility of The Fox Darkroom.

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