Learn Alternative Photography

Learn Alternative Photography

Tom Persinger has created several useful reference materials to help you quickly and efficiently learn to create fabulous prints using one or more historical or alternative photographic processes. These streamlined references are easy to follow and provide simplified directions. There are multiple ways to do many of these processes, but these resources provide instruction that we know can be succesful. After you perfect your technique, you might consider trying other recipes or changing variables to achieve different results.

f295WorkbookThe F295 Historic Process Workbook
4 Processes, 6 Techniques, 14 Lessons!

This concise 55 page booklet provides all of the necessary information for a quick and successful start for the creation and use of handmade or alternative photographic techniques. It’s perfect for self-study, but has also been designed to be the perfect length and scope for an ambitious semester long course. It contains loads of valuable information including history, recipes, paper recommendations, exposure guidelines, safety information and a lot more!

Each chapter details the best way to complete the task at hand – everything from building a camera, making a lens, making negatives, and creating prints using one of four historic processes, to writing a statement and preparing a portfolio. Each chapter concludes with questions to check your understanding of key dates and concepts. The process chapters provide a space to affix a print and make notes so you can reproduce your success.

Chapters Include
1. A Brief Timeline of Photographic History
2. Common Practices
3. Lenses and Apertures
4. The Camera
5. Black and White Film Negatives
6. Pre-Flashed Paper Negatives
7. Simplified Digital Negatives
8. Cyanotype
9. Gum Bichromate
10. Salted Paper
11. Van Dyke Brown
12. Writing a Statement
13. Notes on Beginning a Series
14. Preparing the Portfolio

This workbook is an ideal and inexpensive solution for those looking for a structured approach to learning historic and hand-made photographic processes. And with 14 lessons it is perfect for those looking for an inexpensive and direct text for a semester long course.

Available from Amazon.com, B&H Photo, and  Freestyle Photographic.



F295 Historic Process Laminated Reference Cards
These 8.5×11″ inch photographic quick reference cards that are just the thing if you’re looking to get started working with or trying out a historic process quickly and easily! To create these unique cards Tom Persinger poured over countless historic and contemporary texts, stripped out all other extra information and distilled everything you need to know to get started for each process on a one, two-sided laminated card.

Each card is coated with a thin plastic laminate – which means you can have them right next to you while weighing and mixing chemistry or developing and fixing prints and the protective laminate layer and will shield them from accidents, splashes and stains.

These well organized cards demystify the black art of photography’s historic processes and enable you to quickly and
efficiently begin making rich and beautiful photographs using centuries old, hands-on techniques.

Cards are available for the following processes
Black and White Film Developing (mixing chemistry from scratch)
Color C-41 Film Developing
Gum Bichromate
Salt Printing
Van Dyke

Available from Freestyle Photographic and B&H Photo.

If you wish to place a bulk order for your class or institution please contact us directly for pricing and availability.

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