Tintype Workshop at The Image Flow. Tintypes © Scott Ellison
Tintypes © Scott Ellison

Tintype Workshop

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If you’re tired of the digital rat race and are looking for a “new” way to shoot, try returning to the roots of photography in this intensive tintype workshop.
with Nathan Lomas

*A note regarding COVID-19 precautions:
In order to offer this workshop, The Image Flow is taking careful precautions to ensure the safety of our students. Each student will be given dedicated studio and darkroom time so that only the instructor and one student are present at a time. Both student and instructor will be wearing masks at all times, and distancing will be observed as much as possible. Between students, all equipment and workspaces will be sanitized thoroughly. If you have any concerns, please get in touch and we can address them with you directly!


Tintype workshop instructor Nathan Lomas is fascinated by the ambiguities and tones that tintype photography creates and its contrast to today’s digital photography. Tintype pictures are a direct-positive photographic process (also referred to as wet plate collodion) that was prevalent from the 1850s to the 1880s. The end product is a one-of-a-kind image that will last a lifetime!


During the introduction evening, Nathan will talk about the history of tintype photography and show some examples of historic and contemporary tintypes. You will learn how the tintype process works and what to expect during the two days of intensive shooting.


This photography workshop will be divided into two shooting sessions, during which students will sign up for a 2-hour dedicated time slot to craft their images each day.


The first session will focus on creating still life images to become familiar with the antique process. Students are invited to bring objects and materials that they would like to use to create a personalized still life scene. In the second session, students will have the chance to bring a single model or couple (for Covid-19 safety) to create stunning tintype portraits in our studio.


Students will leave the tintype workshop with an understanding of the tintype process, and 12 unique 4×5″ tintypes!


Class Schedule


Friday, 5–6PM: Introduction via Zoom (from home)

Saturday, 9AM–6:30PM: Still-life session shooting tintypes (at The Image Flow)

  • Each student signs up for a dedicated 2-hour time slot

Sunday, 9AM–6:30PM: Portrait session shooting tintypes (at The Image Flow)

  • Each student signs up for a dedicated 2-hour time slot

Instructor Bio


Nathan LomasNathan Lomas


Nathan hails from Buffalo, NY. He developed his passion for photography at the tender age of five when his father gave him a Ricoh camera. He has a BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He is an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, owns his own photo studio in Alameda where he specializes in 19th-century tintype photography, and at The Image Flow, works with digital restoration, film scanning, and printing, as well as teaching workshops and working one-on-one with clients.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.



About Zoom


Zoom is video conferencing software that allows us to video chat and share our screens all using our computer’s built-in video camera and microphone. Setting up a Zoom account is easy and free. Just got to the Zoom website to create a username and download the software onto your computer (not your phone). Never used Zoom? Check out their support page for How to Join a Zoom Meeting.

Friday – Sunday

May 14 –16, 2021

See schedule for times

In-Person / Zoom

The Image Flow Photography Center

401 Miller Avenue, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA


Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone interested in learning the tintype process

Pertinent Details

  • 1-hour intro session via Zoom
  • Two (2), 2-hour in-person sessions with instructor
  • Maximum four (4) students
  • Masks are required for Covid-19 safety
  • Dedicated studio and darkroom time: just you and the instructor are present at one time
  • Zoom meeting link will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • 12, 4×5 metal plates included
  • All chemicals and equipment included

Required Materials

  • Still life props
  • Portrait “model” – limited to a single model or couple
  • Work clothes that can get stained by chemicals
  • A computer with video camera and microphone access (like an iMac or Macbook)
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of Zoom

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