Processing Your Mobile Images To Physical TinTypes and Ambrotypes – The Easy Way


As many of our regular readers will be aware, we have been looking at alternative post processing of mobile images for sometime. Most notably with the Impossible PhotoLab, you can read our Impossible articles here. The Impossible Project is in many ways leading the way, but there is also a growing community of mobile artists and photographers experimenting with other analog post processing techniques in an attempt to make their mobile images stand out even more, in galleries, magazines and the like and we have viewed some outstanding images and techniques.

A good deal of my formal photographic training (many years ago) was spent in a huge college darkroom and it is an area that I’ve always enjoyed, I think you will too. I also had a very close working relationship with Polaroid built up through my years as Technical Editor for various UK photography print magazines/titles.

There are so many other ways post process your mobile digital images and we recently published an article on how to do this using plant matter – anthotypes – if you missed that, please go here.

We are also very interested in the process of creating tintypes from your mobile images and are delighted to publish details of a restoration company Digital Tintypes who will do it for you! Traditionally creating tintypes is a laborious labor of love. This new service allows you to upload your mobile digital images and they will do all the hard work for you.

Creating Ambrotypes from your digital images is another service they offer. They are available in three glass styles, ruby red, cobalt blue, and opaque black and they look fabulous.

We hope to speak with the Digital TinType team soon and will provide additional information for you to enjoy.

We also have a new dedicated mobile photography post processing Flickr group – we would love to see your images here, so we can curate and showcase them throughout our networks – please follow this link to view.

Making a True Tintype from the Hipstamatic App





TinType Custom Size








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3 thoughts on “Processing Your Mobile Images To Physical TinTypes and Ambrotypes – The Easy Way”

  1. What an amazing and inspiring idea. I am slightly confused viewing submitted images in group.
    My understanding is that the original image is taken via a mobile device and thereafter actual traditional hands on methods (so that we have a tangible piece as end result – as opposed to digital) must be used to be applicable to group. Or am I mistaken and the post processing can be an image using an app or whatever that creates the effect of a traditional medium.

    • Hi Stef, I think a few people are confused – I mean actual hard copy post alt processing – I have added a note to the flickr page but I will also write to each individual artist.

  2. Having seen entries to group I am confused. Is this literal traditional/physical post processing or digital processed alternatives?

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