Workshop – Wet Plate on Location

Date(s) - 10/08/2023
Time(s) - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Lovett School

Wet Plate on Location

Join Atlanta Photography Group for an exclusive Wet Plate Shooting Day on the Chattahoochee River with wet plate photographer Robert Cooper. This special event is designed for photographers with prior experience in the wet plate process who wish to shoot on location using a portable darkroom. While bringing your own camera is encouraged, equipment will be available on-site. Chemistry will be prepared and ready for use, and Robert, along with an assistant, will be present to provide guidance. Participants should have familiarity with coating, exposing, and developing plates. If you are new to the wet plate process, or would like more shooting time with Robert, please register for the Tintype Weekend Intensive, which included access to this location shooting day.

All necessary chemistry and camera equipment will be provided as part of the shooting fee. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer, have taken previous classes and want to re-engage with the process, or simply desire the experience of shooting on location and learning about portable darkrooms, this hands-on opportunity is perfect for you.

During the event, you’ll have the freedom to work independently or collaborate with fellow participants to create captivating compositions. Feel free to bring along objects to photograph in natural surroundings, and if you wish, invite a friend to model – but please inform us in advance at

Don’t miss this unique chance to immerse yourself in the captivating world of tintype photography and connect with like-minded photographers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is limited to 6 participants, so register early to secure your spot.

Instructor’s Bio

It never really occurred to me that the fact that I grew up in a house built in 1872 in the historic district of Savannah had influenced my love for old things generally, and specifically, photography.

It might have seemed obvious. My earliest inspirations were pioneer photographers like Julia Margaret Cameron, Frederick Evans, Henry Peach Robinson the folks who were really making it up as they went. Part of the attraction was the painterly disposition of the artist making the photograph and part of it was the inherent character of the medium. Everything seemed to slow down and early in my training I began to attempt to catch that pioneer spirit.
I have been a professional photographer for most of my adult life. I became a newspaper photographer while attending Georgia Southern University where I studied photography with Jessica Hines. I worked at the newspaper in Statesboro for several years back when we developed our own film. I was involved with Georgia Press Association and won a number of awards for my photography.
Just prior to Y2K, I moved to Florida to be photo editor at the The Panama City News Herald where I continued to be involved in photojournalism at a state and national level. I was fortunate to shoot freelance assignments for a number of large media outlets.
I moved back to my hometown in 2012 and have been a freelancer here specializing in professional headshots, real estate and aerial drone photography. My good friend Pete Christman who was one of the charter members of the photography faculty at Savannah College of Art and Design taught me platinum printing, But it was when I attended a wet plate collodion workshop hosted by Chris Morgan that I felt like I found the medium that conveyed what I love about the work of those early masters.
I have been working in wet plate for about four years and teaching for two. I have several cameras and a portable darkroom and I love it. I really enjoy sharing this process with new people. That amazed, “WOW,” never gets old.

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Wet Plate on Location

Instructor: Robert Cooper
– Sunday, October 8, 2023
Time(s) – 10:am – 5:00pm
Location – Lovett School – We will gather equipment and access the Chattahoochee River from their campus.
Workshop Fee – $225 Members / $200 Senior Members* / $275 Non-Members
No Minimum Enrollment
Maximum Enrollment – 6

*65 and older

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