The wet plate collodion process is becoming increasingly popular as photographers search for more unique, and equally eye-catching ways of taking photos. This almost abandoned technique was once the most advanced photographic process available, but was overtaken by dry plates, celluloid film and more recently digital photography. The effect is highly sought after because of the amazing quality of detail it adds to portraits. Here’s how you can apply the wet plate collodion effect to any portrait in Photoshop. The wet plate collodion process requires glass plates to be coated, sensitised, exposed and developed within a window of roughly fifteen minutes. The plates must remain moist in this time. Exposure times in the 1900s were slow because of the light sensitivity of the plates. This meant portrait sitters had to sit incredibly still with a head brace holding their head still. The best images to use for this technique are head and shoulders portraits. You’ll also need a texture image of something like peeling paint, rust or a grungy wall. A wet plate rebate is also useful to create the edges – these can be found online for free. Here’s how to create a wet plate collodion effect in Photoshop. [...]
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