Light Sensitivity of Silver Salts

The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each unit includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

Scott Williams (Moderator)

Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

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Silver Halide Formation
Silver Halide Formation Video
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Silver Halide Formation Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Silver Halide Cooking
Silver Halide Cooking Video
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Silver Halide Cooking Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Salt Solubility
Salt Solubility Video
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Salt Solubility Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Salt Solubility Video 2
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Salt Solubility Quiz 2
3 Questions
3 Questions
Silver Halide Engineering
Silver Halide Engineering Video
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Silver Halide Engineering Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Spectral Absorption
Spectral Absorption Video
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Spectral Absorption Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Chemical Adsorption
Chemical Adsorption Video
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Chemical Adsorption Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Adsorption Strength
Adsorption Strength Video
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Adsorption Strength Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Precipitation Conditions
Precipitation Conditions Video
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Precipitation Conditions Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Crystal Habit
Crystal Habit Video
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Crystal Habit Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Silver Halide Crystal Growth
Silver Halide Crystal Growth Video
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Silver Halide Crystal Growth Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Plates and Twinning
Plates and Twinning Video
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Plates and Twinning Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Defects
Defects Video
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Defects Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Grain Defects
Grain Defects Video
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Grain Defects Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Grain Defects Video 2
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Grain Defects Quiz 2
3 Questions
3 Questions
Impurities
Impurities Video
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Impurities Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Dislocations
Dislocations Video
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Open to view video.
Dislocations Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Silver Halide Grain Formation
Silver Halide Grain Formation Video
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Open to view video.
Silver Halide Grain Formation Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions
Crystal Nucleation and Ripening
Crystal Nucleation and Ripening Video
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Crystal Nucleation and Ripening Quiz
3 Questions
3 Questions