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    Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    I'm interested in copying prints onto tintype. What would be the best source of continuous light in order to accomplish this? Dracast sells an LED product that produces a daylight source, and Lund Photographics sells a blue light studio flood. Are either of these suitable? Are there other choices?

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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Probably best to scan the original, print a positive transparency, and project it onto the tintype with an enlarger.
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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Probably best to scan the original, print a positive transparency, and project it onto the tintype with an enlarger.
    A true tintype is sensitive mostly to UV spectrum, with some sensitivity in the blue band.

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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    True but most photographers are using lenses that significantly attenuate the UV produced by light sources and in the end, mostly utilize what's left .... blue ...

    Not too many quartz lenses out there ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    A true tintype is sensitive mostly to UV spectrum, with some sensitivity in the blue band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amedeus View Post
    True but most photographers are using lenses that significantly attenuate the UV produced by light sources and in the end, mostly utilize what's left .... blue ...

    Not too many quartz lenses out there ...
    And yet, despite it all, the images still keep coming out!
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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Probably best to scan the original, print a positive transparency, and project it onto the tintype with an enlarger.
    Thanks, Mark. My enlarger is outfitted with a cold light...will I be able to project successfully onto the tintype with this light source?

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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Kalman View Post
    Thanks, Mark. My enlarger is outfitted with a cold light...will I be able to project successfully onto the tintype with this light source?
    I'd guess it would be fine. As Jim pointed out, tintypes are sensitive to near-UV and blue, which most cold heads have in abundance. In fact, the early ones didn't work well with variable contrast papers because they were overly blue, and lacked the other wavelengths needed.
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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    I'd guess it would be fine. As Jim pointed out, tintypes are sensitive to near-UV and blue, which most cold heads have in abundance. In fact, the early ones didn't work well with variable contrast papers because they were overly blue, and lacked the other wavelengths needed.
    Perfect. Thanks very much!

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    Re: Lighting for Making Tintype Copies of Conventional Prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    Probably best to scan the original, print a positive transparency, and project it onto the tintype with an enlarger.
    Enlarged inkjet transparencies will likely look horrible at any significant enlargement (read: anything over 1:1).

    I saw a brief documentary about a Dutch photographer a couple of years ago who did something like this. IIRC, he captured on MF film, made interpositives and then enlarged these onto plates to arrive at his tintypes. Unfortunately, I can't remember the series this was part of.

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