Learn to make ambrotypes and tintypes using the 19th century wet plate collodion process along with specialized lighting techniques for indoor and outdoor shooting.

In this workshop, students learn how to make ambrotypes (glass plates) and tintypes using the 1860's wet collodion technique.

This process involves the hand-pouring of chemicals onto glass to produce positives or negatives or aluminum for tintypes (positives) while the plates are still wet. The course covers the basics from cutting the glass/aluminum to finishing the plates and learning how to mix and handle the chemicals safely. And once you learn how to make a plate, spend it in the beautiful Maine landscape and studio to learn how to use different types of lights to allow you to shoot anywhere, day or night.Using Profoto location lighting equipment you will learn to create amazing collodion works with ease.


Jill Enfield

Jill Enfield, one of this country’s most experienced and respected handcoloring artists, is a fine art, editorial and commercial photographer. Jill has taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, Long Island University and the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as in workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Jill’s more recent emphasis has been on the wet plate collodion process, originally used by Matthew Brady during the Civil War.

Her work is in the collections of RJ Reynolds Company, Southeast Banking Corporation, The Amon Carter Museum, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Hotel Parisi in LaJolla, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin in Colombia, where her work was shown during a three month exhibition that traveled throughout the country.

Jill’s commercial clients include Fortune Magazine, Kodak, Hasselblad, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Incorporated, St. Martin’s Press, LIFE, Vassarette Lingerie, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, American Heritage Magazine, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Woman’s Day Magazine and many others.

Her personal work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, Camera Arts, PDN, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Nikon World, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, Archive Books, Step by Step, Shutterbug, Popular Photography, Digital Camera and ZOOM.

Jill’s book on non-silver techniques titled Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes was published by Watson-Guptill in November 2002 and won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2002 through the Maine Photographic Workshop. Her second book, Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, published by Focal Press, has been in stores since June 5, 2013.

In May 2003, Jill’s website was awarded one of the “25 Best Websites” by Photo District News Magazine.

Jill’s work has been featured in over thirty shows during her career, including an exhibition at The Vivienne Esders Gallery in Paris. Jill had two one-woman shows in 2003; a lecture at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York followed by an opening at Artisan Works Gallery in September 2003. In December 2003 her work was featured at the Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. A workshop and lecture were included during the opening weekend. In 2006, one of Jill’s images was one of forty-two images selected from thousands in the Here is New York archive of New York City to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The prints hung at Ground Zero in Manhattan for a year.

In January 2009, Jill was also given a solo show at Tilt Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. In September of the same year, Jill’s wet collodion portraits of immigrants in New York City were supported by a faculty development grant awarded to Jill from The New School. The same body of work was the featured exhibition at Ellis Island, in tandem with the annual Black Tie Gala for the charity organization Upwardly Global, a support resource for placing professionals from other nations with appropriate career options in the United States. A podcast about the project can be heard by going to Jill’s media page. Also in 2009, Jill’s handcoloring work became part of the traveling exhibition Four Visions in a Different Light, beginning in Fall 2009 and traveling through 2011.

Jill has been a “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon, a representative for Lowepro and SanDisk and is on the board of Freestyle Photographics.  Jill has also appeared on The Today Show Weekend Edition, New York One and The CBS Saturday Morning Edition as a spokesperson for www.takegreatpictures.com on several occasions.

Jill’s immigrant series, titled “New Americans” will open the new wing of Ellis Island, also called “New Americans”, when the island re-opens after damages from Hurricane Sandy are fixed.

Jill lives in New York City with her husband, Richard, and two daughters, Eve and Sally.

Course Dates

Aug 13 to Aug 19



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