Making The Traditional Wet Plate Camera

Making The Traditional Wet Plate Camera

by Ty Guillory


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I made wet plate cameras for quite some time, shipping my handmade cameras all over the world. To see some of my work, visit my website by googling "Guillory Cameras."

This is a very comprehensive book on building a historically-correct bellows camera for plate photography. It takes you through all the basic stages of the base, standards, bellows, plate holder, inserts, etc; and also touches upon other aspects such as folding tailboard, rise/fall, tilt, and swing. 3D diagrams and color photos help you to visualize the process.

The book follows along with the build of a 5"x7" camera. Also included are the critical measurements for cameras from half plate up to 8x10.

I aim this book to the experienced woodworker who is familiar with some traditional joinery. Some of the joinery such as the hand-cut dovetails may be substituted with box joints or finger joints. Mitered spline joints may be used in place of the mortise & tenon joints used in the books. Though aimed at the experienced woodcrafter, I feel that those with limited experience may be able modify the methods and techniques to fit their needs.


Measurements are listed in mm at the bottom of each page and the diagrams are repeated in mm in the rear of the book.


130 pages

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781666240894
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 09/07/2014
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 843,998
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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