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2 Day Tintype Instant Photography Workshop with Damon Lam

Tintype was a photographic technique invented in the mid 19th century and was the first true form of “instant” photography. It was the technique of choice for photographers who set up mobile studios at carnivals and other live events because these photos had to be shot, developed and handed to the customer within 15 minutes.

In this workshop, students will explore the art and technique of shooting Tintypes, and see the world rendered in an aesthetic that is unparalleled by any other forms of photography.

Students will bring home at least 2 tintype plates that they have shot and developed themselves. 

Cost: $2500HKD per person

When: Saturday June 17th and Sunday June 18th, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (lunch at 12:00pm - 1:00pm) both days

Where: L5-24 JCCAC, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

香港九龍石夾尾白田街30JCCAC L5-24

Class size: 6 students (first come first served basis)

No previous experience required. Beginners are welcome!


Saturday 17th June (10AM - 5PM)

  • Introduction to history of early photographic processes / process demo
  • Practising and coating of tintype plates
  • Discussing and planning shooting day

Sunday 18th June (10AM - 6PM)

  • Packing of dried Tintype plates
  • Revisiting loading and shooting of Tintype
  • Shooting
  • Developing and finishing exposed plates


Things to note before attending the workshop:

  • We will aim for at least 2 tintypes per participant, however this will be contingent on how many total participants we have, as only one camera is available at our disposal.
  • Each participants should think of things they would like to photograph. It could be still life of objects they bring to the workshop, or places within the vicinity of JCCAC. Portraits are also highly recommended if you can find a partner as your subject!

Safety Disclaimer:

Some of the chemicals used in the coating/processing of tintype may elicit allergic reaction for certain people and may be toxic if exposed to in high levels. Nitrile gloves will be provided to all participants and a safety briefing will be provided at the start of the workshop.


Class taught in English with Cantonese assistance provided if needed. All materials provided by the studio. 

Instructor: Damon Lam  Instagram: @dayday95



Minimum intake

Please note that we have a minimum participant intake in order to run our courses. This course has a minimum intake of 3 people to run. If there are less than 3 participants we may cancel/postpone this course, and we will issue a full refund. Participants will be notified by email if we cancel this course. Please note that refunds take approximately 2 weeks to be processed. We will issue the refund with the same payment method used by the customer.

Student cancellation

Please note we do not offer refunds to student cancellations. We are not responsible for any events/traveling issues students may have that are unrelated to the course. 

If we cancel the course for other reasons

If there is an unavoidable event/issue prohibiting the instructor or the studio to be available that requires us to cancel/postpone the lesson, we will notify students by email by 9:00 pm the day before the class. Full refunds will be issued to all students. Please note that refunds take approximately 2 weeks to be processed. 

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Size: Saturday June 17th and Sunday 18th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm