Ambrotype Glass Plate Scanning

Archiving and Scanning Digitisation at Oxford Duplication Centre

Ambrotype Glass Plate Scanning

Ambrotype Photographic Glass Plate Digitisation

The introduction of the wet collodion process for making glass negatives by English sculptor Frederick Scott Archer in 1851 transformed the art of photography. It was a much faster and cheaper process, paper prints could be easily produced from the resulting glass plates, and details were rendered far more crisply than with daguerreotypes. 

In 1854, James Ambrose Cutting of Boston took out several patents relating to the process, and thus may be responsible for coining the term "ambrotype." Ambrotypes are a particular application of the wet collodion process. Collodion - a mixture of “gun cotton” (a highly combustible material made by exposing cellulose to nitric acid), ether, and alcohol - was mixed with potassium iodide or bromide and poured evenly over the surface of the base material. 

The plate was then soaked in silver nitrate solution, placed in a holder, exposed in a camera, and developed, all while still wet. To make the image appear positive the plate was backed by a black material, either cloth, paper, metal, or paint. As finishing steps, ambrotypes, similar to daguerreotypes, were often hand-colored and put in decorative cases. Ambrotypes are distinguishable from daguerreotypes by the silvery, reflective quality of the latter’s image

Professional Photographic Film Scanning Solutions

Corporate, Heritage and Consumer Photographic Film Scanning Solutions
All plates, medium format and sheet film/X-ray are scanned to their respective dpi (900-2400dpi) unless clients have a preferred requirement.

Output is to National Archive Standards TIFF
with Adobe post production tone and sharpening applied.

CONTACT cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com TEL: 01865 457000
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) GLASS PLATES 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
3¼ × 3¼ 83 x 83 lantern slides 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
3¼ × 4¼ 83 × 108 "quarter-plate" 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
4¾ × 6½ 120 × 165 "half-plate" glass plates 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
6½ × 8½ 216 × 165 "full-plate" glass plates 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) TINTYPES 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
15/8 × 21/8 41 × 57 "sixteenth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
2 × 2½ 51 × 64 "ninth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
2½ × 3½ 64 × 89 "sixth-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
31/8 × 41/8 79 × 105 "quarter-plate" tintypes 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
4½ × 5½ 114 × 140 "half-plate" tintypes 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
6½ × 8½ 216 × 165 "full-plate" tintypes 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) MEDIUM FORMAT FILM 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
2.36 x 1.77 60 x 45 120 film 6 x 4.5 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 2.36 60 x 60 120 film 6 x 6 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 2.75 60 x 70 120 film 6 x 7 4.00 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00 0.75
2.36 x 3.54 60 x 90 120 film 6 x 9 4.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25 1.00
2.36 x 6.70 60 x 170 120 panoramic film 6 x 17 5.00 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50 1.25
SIZE (INCHES) SIZE (MM) SHEET FILM 1 10 50 100 500 1000 5000
4 × 5 102 × 127 sheet film 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
5 × 7 127 × 178 sheet film 5.50 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 1.50
4 × 10 102 × 254 sheet film 6.00 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75
8 × 10 203 × 254 sheet film 6.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00
7 × 17 178 × 432 sheet film 7.00 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25
11 × 14 279 × 356 sheet film 7.00 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25
8 × 20 203 × 508 sheet film 7.50 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50
12 × 20 305 × 508 sheet film 8.00 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75
14 × 17 356 × 417 sheet film 8.00 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75
16 × 20 406 × 508 sheet film 8.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00
20 × 24 508 × 610 sheet film 9.00 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25

OUR SERVICES WITHIN CONSUMER, CORPORATE & HERITAGE SCANNING

35mm Positive and 35mm Negative Slide Scanning Solutions in Oxfordshire UK

Standard Slide and Negative Strips

Our standard slide and negative strip scanning is very popular with consumer clients. With resolutions perfect for HD viewing these scan be scanned and preserved using our cloud server or onto USB, DVD or your own cloud.

Non Standard Film Slides to Digital in Oxfordshire UK

Non Standard Slide and Negative Strips

Our non standard slide and negative strip scanning is perfect for corporate, archive companies and consumer clients that batch small to large batches of slides. These formats require more specialist handling. With 3D stereo slides we would usually only scan one side unless advised.

Medium Format Film Conversion to Digital Oxfordshire UK

Medium Format Film Conversion to TIFF or JPEG

Our medium and large format film scanning starts anywhere between 3.8 x 3.8cm upto large format 4 x 5". To include oversize negative scanning of glass plate and lantern slides and X-Ray scanning solutions.

Glass Plate Negative Scanning to Digital File Oxfordshire UK

Glass Plate Negative Scanning

We are specialists the conversion of glass plate negatives. These stunning slides are fragile and require gentle handling and cleaning. Our equipment is perfect for this conversion ready for you to access the digital files.

Family and Corporate Photograph Scanning Oxfordshire UK

Photograph Scanning

Our scanning services are fully supportive of converting photographs upto oversize A3 and beyond. Working with private clients, artists and archive centres we convert into your chosen digital files ready for easy access.

Document Scanning Solutions in Oxfordshire UK

Document & Diary Scanning

Our company can provide superb options for document scanning upto oversize A3. Working with many companies in and around Oxfordshire we provide solutions for archiving all your paperwork into digital media.

Wide format and artwork scanning solutions in Oxfordshire UK

Artwork Scanning

Working with many artists and companies we can convert your artwork into digital formats ready for online presence. Capturing all the details our scanners are superb at support you with your digital media requirements.

Our offices are open Monday to Thursday 8am-4pm Friday 8am - 3pm

Our offices and large customer parking are located at the back of our premise, 29b Rear Part Banbury Road, Kidlington OX5 1AQ, behind the large green building attached, opposite Benmead Road.

Contact Us 01865 457000 or email cheryl@oxfordduplicationcentre.com