Adam Savage Tintype Portrait Photography

Old processes like tintypes and wet plate photography are gaining a lot of momentum at the moment. Photographers are drawn to the slow, complex, low-volume processes that starkly contrast the current climate in digital photography.

This video from Tested gives an extremely well-done presentation about how exactly tintype photography works. The speaker is Michael Shindler, a San Francisco-based photographer who specializes in the tricky-yet-beautiful tintype process.

Adam Savage Tintype Portrait Photography
One of the big draws to tintype photography is how much the process makes one look like a mad scientist as Michael Shindler does here.

I’ve never shot a tintype, but every time I see a video like this I desperately want to try it. I, like most people, could use a little exercise in patience.