Practicing Antiquated Photography in the Modern Era

Brookline, New Hampshire · 49 Sales


Practicing Antiquated Photography in the Modern Era

Brookline, New Hampshire 49 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Jason Lane

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5 out of 5 stars
Daniel Stevenson

Daniel Stevenson on Jan 30, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

These are terrific. I strongly recommend these dry plates for anyone wanting to work with glass negatives. Thank you for your hard work on these Jason.

Giovanni Savino

Giovanni Savino on Jan 29, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

In the rapidly shrinking landscape of film stocks and, by now, the lonely desert of instant film availability, I thought it was time to experiment with oblique strategies (as always preached by Brian Eno). So I was most interested to discover another pioneer of a much needed anti-technocracy renaissance who is producing glass plates. It is only the beginning of production and there are still small flaws in the coating of the plates, but that is surely bound to be solved in future batches. I am very excited and pleased by the results. I only tested half a dozen plates, so far, but the results are very encouraging and certainly worth further experimenting. The producer, Jason, is very friendly, has an impeccable customer care and is an excellent communicator.

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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.

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  • Jason Lane


    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.

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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:


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