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    "Faking" the tintype look?

    A friend of mine wants me to shoot his portrait as a Christmas present for his wife. He is involved in single-speed bicycling and has a formidable vintage clothing collection as well. He told me wanted an 8x10 portrait with his bike and looking "like a tintype" in his own words.

    I am thinking I could use my 8x10 (uncoated lens of course) with homemade dry plates, contact print on FB paper, and sepia tone. Option B would be to use my 4x5 box camera with either type 55 or APHS film, enlarge to 8x10 and follow as above.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks!

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    Remember to make the "Tintype" image backwards.
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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    You might try Fotospeed's "Antique Dye Toner". This gives a yellowy tone that looks like a cross between albumen and tintype coloration. You control the intensity through the length of washing. I think you'll get better control than through ordinary sepia. The other suggestion is using a Thiurea sepia toner, such as Fotospeed's odorless sepia. They include a "part C" that varies the tone and intensity of the effect.

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    Here is a link to some supplies to make modern day tintypes. http://www.rockaloid.com/products.html#tintype
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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    One artifact of those images is shallow depth of field. Another is a rather unique tonality

    This image, even though it's brown, looks modern.

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    You may want to shoot through a strong blue filter to simulate the spectral sensitivity of the early emulsions. I find that makes a huge difference in appearance. Any blue filter from the color separation sets would do.

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    I know your question was directed towards darkroom methods, but in this case, a little Photoshop goes a long way.

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    Ditto what Dakotah said. There's enough fakers out there. A yellowed picture from film or digital is just that and nothing more.

    Check out my new website www.tintypesforever.com to get an idea of what real wet-plate photography looks like, then go to my contacts/link page and see what other wet platers are doing.
    Last edited by Bruce Schultz; 25-Nov-2007 at 08:48. Reason: additional info/comments

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    Re: "Faking" the tintype look?

    Point well made Bruce. Great offer - if only.......

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