Pictoriographica

Bringing Early Photography into the Modern Era

Brookline, New Hampshire On Etsy since 2016

Pictoriographica

Bringing Early Photography into the Modern Era

Brookline, New Hampshire | 422 Sales

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).

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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 Pictoriographica

Sales 422
On Etsy since 2016

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

    Owner, Customer Service, Designer

    I am a lens designer by day and mad scientist by night. Now with the help I've hired, my primary role is customer service, coating custom ULF plates, new product development, quality control, and making sure my awesome helpers get paid!

  • Tim

    Glass Prep And Cutting

    Tim is a local high schooler who I hired part-time in 2020 to help with the glass cutting, glass prep, and finishing the plate drying racks. He likes working with the glass and is just awesome at his job.

  • Laura

    Coating Technician

    Laura is a local high schooler who I hired on part time in Nov 2018 as a plate coater. She coats the emulsion onto the plates and does a great job at it!

  • Amelia

    Coating Technician

    Amelia is a local high schooler who came on board part time in June 2019 to help with coating. She has quickly come up to speed and is doing awesome.

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Last updated on Jan 10, 2018
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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).