Pictoriographica

Bringing Early Photography into the Modern Era

New Hampshire, United States | 313 Sales

Pictoriographica

Bringing Early Photography into the Modern Era

New Hampshire, United States 313 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (32)

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Jason Lane

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Jason Lane

Announcement    NEW ASA 25 Orthochromatic Plates available! See listings.


In addition to the stock listings, I make custom plates of all sizes. Just ask! Price for custom plate varies with size and quantity, but no extra fees are charged. Ship times typically run 1-2 weeks.

When requesting custom order, please specify ASA 2 plates (like 1880) or ASA 25 plates (like 1895)

Historical plate sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Plate_Sizes
Japanese plate sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Japanese_formats
Large format sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Large_format

For larger formats with a dimension greater than 12", I use 3/32" or 1/8" thick glass to reduce the chances of breakage (I'm very good at learning lessons the hard way).

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 3, 2019

NEW ASA 25 Orthochromatic Plates available! See listings.


In addition to the stock listings, I make custom plates of all sizes. Just ask! Price for custom plate varies with size and quantity, but no extra fees are charged. Ship times typically run 1-2 weeks.

When requesting custom order, please specify ASA 2 plates (like 1880) or ASA 25 plates (like 1895)

Historical plate sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Plate_Sizes
Japanese plate sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Japanese_formats
Large format sizes for reference: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Large_format

For larger formats with a dimension greater than 12", I use 3/32" or 1/8" thick glass to reduce the chances of breakage (I'm very good at learning lessons the hard way).

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About

Hi, I got into large format photography to shoot dry plates. I have been making dry plates for my own use for a while now, mostly in 4"x5". I mix my own emulsion, and have settled on a recipe and process that I am happy with. The emulsion has a "normal" sensitivity, meaning it responds to UV and blue. I've been asked about adding sensitizers to make orthochromatic or panchromatic plates. That's in the future .. for now I'm enjoying the look of the handmade plate era. Now that I've perfected my process I decided to offer hand-crafted plates for sale so that others can enjoy. If you happen to frequent Large Format Photography forum or Photrio, you may have seen my announcements. The interest has far exceeded my expectations, so I set up a storefront on Etsy to help keep track of orders for plates.

I have a few standard formats listed, and I can make custom plates of all sizes. I have made 11"x14" custom plates and I'm working on 12"x20" custom plates now. Dust off your plate holders, check out my store, and take yourself back 125 years to the pre-film days.

Shop members

  • Jason Lane

    Owner

    I am an optical engineer by trade with film photography as a long-term hobby. I recently taught myself the dry plate photography process, and after sharing local photographs with the community, people urged me to start selling prints. So here I am!

  • Jason

    Owner, Maker, Shipper

    When I'm not working my day job, I'm the guy behind the curtain who makes the plates, packages them, and ships them out instead of sleeping at night.

Production partners

  • Greg Fealey of Cold Creek Designs

    East Durham, NY

    Greg Fealey is a friend of a customer, a wood worker who makes these. I thought it would be useful for photographers trying out plates to have a practical and affordable drying rack for their plates.

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Last updated on Jan 10, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I make custom-sized plates, including very large format sizes. All you have to do is ask. Pricing depends on the size.

What were the historical plate sizes?

I use this reference to cut my plates:

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Plate_Sizes

In some instances, the plates are slightly undersized to accommodate both old and modern plate holders (ex: Chamonix 4x5 holders are slightly undersized).