Watch This: A First-Person View of the Wet-Plate Collodion Photography Process

It's a lot of work for one picture, and it's totally worth it

Alternative photographic processes such as wet-plate collodion are as hot right now as they have been in, well, a very long time. But, unless you’re actually there to witness the technique in person, it can be tough to know exactly what you’re getting into. One photographer put on a GoPro camera and went through the whole process so we can live vicariously.

You don’t get the whole experience, obviously, since you don’t get to be part of the packing and the prep—plus, you can’t smell all the wonderfully toxic chemicals—but it hammers home how different this process is than the digital process we’re so used to now.

Alternative photographic processes such as wet-plate collodion are as hot right now as they have been in, well, a very long time. But, unless you’re actually there to witness the technique in person, it can be tough to know exactly what you’re getting into. One photographer put on a GoPro camera and went through the whole process so we can live vicariously.

You don’t get the whole experience, obviously, since you don’t get to be part of the packing and the prep—plus, you can’t smell all the wonderfully toxic chemicals—but it hammers home how different this process is than the digital process we’re so used to now.

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