20200415-17 – 15.-17. April 2020 Wet Plate Albumen and Salt print

Wet Plate Collodion Process
Positive and Negative on glass
Salt printing and Albumen printing processes

Three day advanced workshop of wet plate collodion negative process and a workshop on salt and albumen print process. We will start with ambrotype (wet plate collodion positive on glass) just to get the whole spectrum of collodion process, but we will focus on collodion negative and printing techniques. We will learn how to manipulate collodion density and which density is good for what printing process. Please look at the detailed program at the end of this page.


  • the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative.
  • how to achieve different densities of a negative.
  • what densities are appropriate for what kind of printing processes.
  • wet plate with ambient light and with flash light.
  • photographing outdoor.
  • salt printing, toning with gold, waxing.
  • albumen printing and toning with gold.
  • troubleshooting.


  • introduction to the processes.
  • the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative.
  • reviewing examples of negatives and prints we are expected to be making during the workshop.
  • preparation of chemistry and cleaning plates.
  • the making of the first wet plate negatives.


  • Before lunch we will go outdoor and make some landscape plates.
  • participants will learn how to make different densities of wet plate negatives.
  • Redeveloping. The second development after fixing, for boosting density of collodion negative.
  • What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light.
  • Making a portrait with ambient light or with studio flashes.
  • Varnishing glass negatives.
  • Preparing albumen for printing process.
  • Preparing gelatin for salt print process.
  • Seizing paper for salt print process.
  • Demonstration of salt and albumen printing process.


  • Floating paper on albumen
  • Albumen print process (printing the collodion negatives we will make)
  • Salt print process (printing the collodion negatives we will make)
  • Toning with goldchloride.
  • Waxing salt prints.

Each participant will receive notes with all the receipts and the most important points to remember.


Na žago 4, Straža pri Novem mestu, Slovenia (45°47’07.1″N 15°04’35.4″E – Google maps)

15th, 16th and 17th of April 2020. We start at 9:00 and end the day at 19:00

This is an advanced course, but we will go from the beginning so if you have no experience, you will still be able to follow and make beautiful plates and prints.


Three day workshop costs 650 EUR and that includes all material cost and detailed hand out notes with all the steps and receipts. It does not include food and accommodation.

After this wet plate collodion workshop, I’m having immediately a workshop on carbon printing (LINK), so if you would want to stay for two more days and take the workshop on carbon printing, you get a discount of 300EUR on the price for two workshops. So the price for collodion negative, salt printing, albumen printing and carbon printing workshop in the period of five days is 850 EUR. All the plates and prints you will take home. You can take home even some sensitised, but unexposed carbon tissues.

I recommend RaMar accommodation (LINK) But if you are coming by car, there are more options.  Five kilometers away, in Dolenjske Toplice there are options like camping (LINK), Hotel Pri Mostu is really nice place and in Novo mesto that is 9 km away there is also Hostel Situla. There are many other options on Booking.com.

Because of the intense program, the workshop is limited only to four participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 200 EUR. The reservation fee is 50% refundable four weeks before the workshop. The rest you pay at the beginning of the workshop. I want you to feel comfortable and pay when you will be here, but I do need to collect the reservation fee. The reservation fee could be payed by ordinary bank transfer, but a Paypal or even better Transfer Wise is prefered. Please email me for more information on borutpeterlin@gmail.com.

The closest airport is Ljubljana, Slovenia
The second closest airport is Zagreb, Croatia
Then there are two more airports in the vicinity: Klagenfurt (AT), Treviso (IT)

If you will come by buss or train, go to Novo mesto. From Novo mesto busses are going to Straža pri Novem mestu, but the connection is not that good, so I can pick you up and drop you to your accommodation place.

Please email me for reservations and more information borutpeterlin@gmail.com