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    Posted: 19 November 2008 at 06:57

I’ve been thinking about doing a Chemical Pictures: Wet Plate Collodion Workshop Online. Before you think, “that’s crazy”, let me fill you in on some details.

First, the most important thing is that this would be interactive. In other words, participants would be able to ask questions and make comments. I think I can have up to 24 people on a Skype feed.

Secondly, the participants would be able to SEE everything from making chemistry, pouring plates, making exposures, development, varnish, etc. and see all of the equipment and details. I’m even thinking about doing a feed from my dark room or dark box to show development techniques and how to judge properly exposed images.

This would be designed for people who can’t get to a workshop but have access to Skype and a high speed internet connection. I would offer my workshop guide (PDF) and participants could follow along as I show my techniques on making chemistry, flowing a plate, making an exposure, developing a plate,  and varnishing a plate.

So, if you have any interest in something like this, or know someone who does that can’t get to a workshop but wants to see the process and learn how to make the chemistry, please let me know.

I haven’t figured a cost for it yet, but it will be very affordable to “attend”. First things first, in that order, I need to see if there is any interest and secondly, find a good date/time to do something like this. Remember, I’m on Central European Time (CET) and need sun to make images, so it would have to be a Saturday or Sunday beginning at 0800 or 0900 and would probably last several hours.

Just throwing this out there, your thought are appreciated.

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i am interested.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2008 at 12:22
Quinn,

I think this is a great idea. If you need a beta tester for Skype, let me know. I've used it for guest speakers this summer and it worked great. I've never connected with more than one person though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 November 2008 at 13:11
Hi Eddie and Mark,

Thanks for the feedback.

Mark, I may take you up on that. I want to test a Canon XL2s camera and see what kind of quality and mobility I would have. Maybe I could talk one or two more people into jumping on Skype and giving me a "beta test"???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2008 at 12:31
Quinn, I just wanted to let you know I'm interested.
I'm self taught but would like to spend time with more experienced wet platers to really hone in on the finer points.
Traveling can be difficult and expensive so this is a very appealing alternative.
Please keep us informed.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2008 at 13:38
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2008 at 16:37
I love the idea of a web-cast, Quinn!

I'm looking forward to you releasing a DVD set also. Do you have a revised release date for this?

Oh, and another thing... any plans on a re-release of this book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contemporary-Wet-Plate-Collodion-Experience/dp/1427602735/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227216692&sr=8-2

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2008 at 17:52
Quinn... would most definitely "attend"
Hope it can come to fruition. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 November 2008 at 20:42
i use skype as my only phone service.  it works great.  i have talked with about 3 people at one time before. 

keep us all posted.  feel free to add me to any beta call you may have.  i am in NY.  my skype handle is "thandarmoe"

all calls from wet platers will be happily taken!  :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2008 at 00:38
Sounds Interesting !!
is skype a good choise? I don't kno much about their bandwith .
you may want to see if other forums may be aveil to help out!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2008 at 07:49
A friend who works at Harvrad Business School uses Skype for overseas multi-user video chats ... seems to work quite well for them
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2008 at 08:46
I think it's a great idea! I am interested, but it all comes down to time, of course. 

Maybe you could also sell the webcasts later on your web site, for those who missed it. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2008 at 12:09
Great idea. A "hands-on" workshop for a world-wide community. I'm interested.
And when I grow up, I want to become a photographer, and save the world from bad exposures
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2008 at 03:23
I believe I would be interested also
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2008 at 17:19
Sounds like a fantastic idea!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 November 2008 at 17:26
Quinn how may people do you need to make it happen?
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