Talk:Collodion process

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As we all know, this article is in need of some serious work[edit]

It's mostly about the collodion emulsion process, which was not the main body of 19th century collodion work. It was introduced shortly before gelatin emulsion began to come onto the scene. The article should be shifted back to Focus on wet plate collodion, which was the dominant collodion process.

The text in this article bears striking similarities to works from the period; many of which I've read pieces of. It really seems like portions of text were simply copied from old books onto here. While most of said works are most likely public domain, its still not good form to do this, especially without citing. It'd also probably be wise to convert the units given to modern ones; I'm doubting that most folks know what a "minim" is.

I'm going to work on adjusting this a bit; shouldn't take too long.


-16 November 2007

This article isn't about the Collodion Process as much as it is about the dry plate process.[edit]

Working on it...

Collodion process[edit]

I have a chapter in my photo publication about the collodion process with comprehensive instructions to prepare and develop wet plates, mind if I put it in instead of yours?

Alf photoman 17:38, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I don't think anyone would have problems with it as long as it isn't encumbered by copyrights or is already in the public domain. Just as important, it should be written in an encyclopedic tone rather than in a how-to format. There are WikiBooks for those kinds of projects. If it is fairly lengthy then you might want to consider spreading it across several articles covering subtopics as well.--Hooperbloob 23:57, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Article replacement[edit]

This entire article was replaced with a different one on November 18, much of which was unusable because it took the form of a how-to. I've attempted to merge together the two as best I could, but it still needs attention from an expert and much cleanup. The alternate version can be found here. Chick Bowen 04:41, 11 January 2007 (UTC)


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Useless odd article[edit]

We have the advantages and disadvantages of the collodion process disscussed again and again in comparison with the earlier dagguerotype process and the later supposedly more convenient and better, later gelatin process.

The number of times we read that the process was messy and inconvenient and difficult is many in this wordy account.

No technical details or why the collodion process is much better than gelatin.

Borrowed information from bloggs on the web that are devoid of any real information.

Must be scrapped - the whole article. Like a blind man in a dark cellar looking for a black cat that isn't there. RPSM (talk) 10:48, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

And they are...[edit]

"There are many artists working with Collodion for several different reasons,"

This sentence dies off and is a poor ending to the article. If you are not going to list the reasons then don't bother suggesting they have them...

BTW I thought the article was pretty good except the chemical formula. There's no need to list photographic recipes in this article, it doesn't make any specific points or tie back to something needing clarity in the article.

All in all I think the article was pretty good. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.38.197.76 (talk) 06:14, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

I edited the sentence to remove the phrase "for several reasons". --Saukkomies talk 22:42, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

came back to check on this..[edit]

Looks like it's still sitting here..I'll send this off to APUG.ORG and see if I can't find a person that knows the Collodion process and is willing to rehab this depressing article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.38.197.76 (talk) 04:33, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Alex Timmerman[edit]

I included the Dutch modern-day photographer Alex Timmerman in the article, but was reluctant to include a link in the External Links section, due to the warning. At any rate, here is the URL for his home page, in case anyone is interested: http://www.alextimmermans.com/ --Saukkomies talk 22:44, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Probably a good idea not to include a link per Wikipedia's policies on promotion and so on. The existing links are generally to the works of historically interesting photographers who used the process, or information regarding the process itself. 67.188.230.128 (talk) 08:17, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Plagiarism[edit]

Parts of this article appear to be copied almost verbatim from this article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/7871164/Collodion-photography-self-portrait-in-cyanide.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.207.112.86 (talk) 23:16, 17 June 2014 (UTC)