Workshop: Tintypes on the Erie Canal, Rochester, NY

Tintype Excursion on the Erie Canal

From June 3, 2013 through June 7, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House

For the first time since the golden age of collodion, we are offering a truly unique experience to relive the wet plate canal excursions of the 1870s. Guided by Mark Osterman, the group will navigate a canal boat along the Erie Canal through step locks and picturesque scenery. Along the way the group will choose where to tie up along the canal bank, set up a portable darkroom and shoot whole plate tintypes. Tuition includes two nights at a bed & breakfast along the route.

Day 1: Basic instruction in tintype making at George Eastman House.

Day 2: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Group stays in a bed & breakfast.

Day 3: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Group stays in a bed & breakfast.

Day 4: Shooting along the Erie Canal. Return to Rochester in the evening.

Day 5: Varnishing tintypes and viewing historic examples at George Eastman House.

Participants will also receive a copy of the new Scully & Osterman basic collodion manual, including formulas and sources of supply, as well as additional wet plate era readings pulled from the research library.

Audience: This excursion is limited to five. Basic experience with wet plate collodion is an advantage, though due to the small number of participants, beginners can be accommodated. Cameras and all other equipment will be supplied.

Tuition: $1,600/$1,500 members, plus $200 materials fee

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Directions can be found at our website at

Lodging: Lodging for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings is included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements for Monday, Thursday, and Friday in Rochester. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.