Lighting Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Wet-Plate Portraits in a Flash

March 24, 2016

By Holly Stuart Hughes


For a portrait of musician Thomston, they used a Mola Beamm reflector as a key light. “It’s unique because of its undulating shape,” White says. “It gives you good contrast and definition.” 

Paul Alsop, a devotee of the wet-plate collodion process, and Luke White, a photographer and the manager of Kingsize Studios, the largest rental studio in New Zealand, have combined their expertise—and several lights, power packs and modifiers—to create a series of wet-plate portraits that overcome one of the drawbacks of the medium: Wet plates coated with collodion have an ISO...

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