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Casein Print
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deviation in storage by Bandlero
deviation in storage by Bandlero
Gelatin Print
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Ink Transfer
Liquid Emulsion
Lumen Print
Rollei Black Magic - Silver Halide
Salt Print
Tempera Print
Van Dyke
Wet Plate
Technicolor, Colorvir, Etc
Chromogenic, RA-4, etc
Film Photography - Not Alt-Process
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Digital Photography - Not Alt-Process



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Group Gallery Submission Process  

Due to the continued disregard for the galleries and gallery organization, submission of deviations to this group may be disabled for the general membership again.  This group is for ALT-PROCESS Photography.  We do allow limited submission of regular photography, but only to the correct gallery.  If you do not understand what Alt-Process is or are unsure where to submit your works, please ask as that is what this group exists for.

Individuals who repeatedly submit to the incorrect galleries or never submit Alt-Process may have their right to submit to this group revoked if their activities in the group are deemed abusive or uncaring towards the group.

Reliable members who appropriately and correctly share their work with this group will be granted promotion to the rank of Contributor or higher and gain the right to submit deviations at will to any gallery.

Edit: Additionally, if you feel you should be a Contributor, join requests for this rank are enabled.  After you request Contributor rank, we'll review your gallery and your submissions to this group and grant/deny your request accordingly.

What is Alt-Process Photography?  

According to it is "Historical photographic methods in use today..."

According to Wikipedia, "Alternative processes are often called historical...  Most of these processes were invented over 100 years ago and were used by early photographers."

Some examples of Alternate Process (or Historical) Photography are: Anthotype, Argyrotype, Bromoil, Carbon Print, Casein Print, Chrysotype, Cyanotype, Daguerreotype, Digital Plate, Dry Plate, Gelatin Print, Gum Bichromate, Gumoil, Holography, Infrared, Kallitype, Liquid Emulsion, Lithprint, Lumen Print, Oilprint, Palladiotype, Platinotype, Resinotype, Tempera Print, Van Dyke, Wet Plate, and Ziatype.  Trick photography is not Alt-Process.

Alternate Process (or Alt-Process) Photography is so named because it is alternative to the current, modern processes most commonly used today (i.e. C-41, CN-16, etc.)  Most Alt-Processes are historical, or the processes photographers used in the early eras to produce photographs.  However, some Alt-Processes are modern, but share a commonality with historical processes in that they are alternative to the current, modern processes most commonly used today.

What truly defines a photograph or print as being Alt-Process is that it is not created utilizing mainstream, common, or commercial/industrial techniques, processes, mediums, or digitally.  Most often Alt-Process photography is hand-made and completely unique, print by print and photograph by photograph - rarely (or never) being able to create two identical works.

Joining #AltProcessPhotograph  

Membership is open to all - everyone can join, and join requests are automatically approved.  Please see below for more information on membership and the rules and guidelines for members.

Please review the Gallery Submission Guidelines & Rules for this group below.

Acrylic Print Contest

Sat Jan 1, 2011, 10:25 AM by Bandlero:iconbandlero:

Acrylic Print Contest: Hosted by GavinTheBard  

For a full, in-depth explanation and details of this contest. including all rules and prize information, please read the article (by clicking) here.  Please also visit GavinTheBard and check his journal as more information and/or updates to this contest will be posted there.

Contest Rules:
  • The contest is open to anyone who has a DA membership. If the winner is out of the continental USA they will need to cover all shipping and custom charges for the print.
  • There are two categories photography (any genre) and photo-manipulation.
  • The winner of each category will receive an acrylic print approximately 10x12" (the size may very some due to image proportions so the entire image is printed without being cropped to 10x12 size exactly.) The background will be either white or a pearlized white
  • The winner of each category will be picked by GavinTheBard based on how much he likes it and if he thinks it would make for a stunning print on the media he will be using.
  • Due to the nature of these prints, that they are all done by hand, it can take 2-4 weeks to get one made.
  • You may only submit 2 images total and may only win 1 category
  • Send GavinTheBard a note with the subject "Contest" with your submission(s). Label which category the thumbnail or link is for and GavinTheBard will place it in a collection for that category for this contest. If you do not receive a notice it is added to a category then either GavinTheBard didn't get it or something was incorrect with your submission (but please do give GavinTheBard a couple days as things can be busy for him)
  • The winners agree to privately send me a high resolution image to have the print made from. A 16bit tiff file in ProPhoto will give the highest degree of detail and colors so is the preference.
For more information about this contest, it is strongly encouraged you read the news article here and visit GavinTheBard's deviantArt page.

You can also view GavinTheBard's website by clicking here and learning more about the photographic print processes he works with and the works of art he creates.

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da5nsy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Just throwing this around the internet and seeing if I get a response anywhere- has anyone heard of using a cyanotype process to photograph directly, as in rather than just as a printing process, to use it in camera? Simple UV photography? (with a drawback of super long exposures granted)...?
Bandlero Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Like using a cyano-process to create a negative or a "direct positive"? I know process such as Bitumen of Judea (which is also a UV process) do this (direct positive). It is doable to coat any film with cyanotype or other UV reactive chemistry to create a negative (film); however, the negative would only capture mostly in the UV end of the spectrum (and there are commercial films you can buy that react to/capture specifically the infrared end of the spectrum.) Most negatives and processes utilize chemistry that reacts to the broadest amount of the spectrum (for obvious reasons.)

I personally have made glass plate negatives, but I've used the Van Dyke (brownprint; UV process; silver nitrate) and Palladium processes to do so. Glass plates can be challenging as they're delicate and the print/emulsion is easily destroyed. Celluloid or plastic is easier if you can figure what chemistry or emulsion will bind. Van Dyke should work good with celluloid but the film will likely be very flamable.

I'd suggest researching old patent filings (circa 1830-50 for photography and circa 1910-20 for cinema) or articles/books/writings. These are the periods when these types of film, negatives, and processes were used most heavily and might yield an exact process.
tbaotgm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
In regards to that, I see no reason why not. Pinhole cameras work in a similiar fashion, only getting a negative image usually. Look into the use of pinhole cameras, and simply substitute the normal paper used for a cyanotype based one.
TheShadowmancer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010   Photographer
Thank you so much for accepting my submission. Of all the groups I sent it to. this was one of the ones i really, really wanted it to be at. :hug:
Bandlero Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Anytime :) We're happy to have you participate with us, and welcome to the group :)
GothicAmethyst Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
Can you add an Infrared folder please? Thanks!
Bandlero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aye :)
GothicAmethyst Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Bandlero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Anytime
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