Category Archives: Dag Apparatus

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Camera completed

My whole plate camera is finished and is ready to go into plate production. I have a landscape as well as a portrait lens and the darkslides which shoot whole plate vertical or horizontal have reduction frames for half plate.

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New equipment

Some new acquisitions the darkroom has made this daguerreotypists life much easier of late. From, two dipping tanks, one I use for galvanising, the other for fixing. These store in a handy caddy and save me having to decant … Continue reading

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Fixing Focus

A problem with taking portraits used to be keeping focus while taking the lens cap on and off. A problem no longer – having access to a good engineer who doesn’t mind small jobs is priceless. The extra piece of … Continue reading

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My portraiture work now has a helpful addition – a sturdy headstand for the long exposures. I did have a replica headstand (the top shown here) but it was without the base and relied on a chair I had to … Continue reading

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Becoming whole

Something happened lately which is a game changer for my daguerreotypy. Out of the orthochromatic blue I was offered a pair of whole plate fuming boxes. These are used to sensitize the silver daguerreotype plates to light and these ones … Continue reading

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Ancillary devices

I seem to spend a lot of time making stuff around the actual daguerreotypes themselves. Usually that’s enclosures for the images but the process demands a lot of equipment that you can’t just go out and buy. To process the … Continue reading