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Wet-Plate Photography


Step 2: Dip in Silver Nitrate

Now it's time to move into the darkroom (or, if you're in the field, the dark tent).

While the plate is still wet, dip it into a solution that contains silver nitrate. The silver nitrate binds with the iodide and bromide to make a silver halide coating, which is sensitive to light.

Wipe the silver nitrate solution off the back of the plate with a clean cloth.



Step 1: Coat with Collodion
Step 2: Dip in Silver Nitrate
next step >> Step 3: Plate to Camera
Step 4: Expose
Step 5: Pour on Developer
Step 6: Fix the Plate
Step 7: Wash and Varnish
Step 8: Make a Print


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