You also don't need to have a background in photography to get started, since the basics you learn are very simple technically. It does help to start with good images (35mm slides for slide printers, or 4x6 prints for the Daylab Copy System), but a wide variety of subjects and images will work beautifully.
Choosing a Method
I find that using a slide printer, or the Daylab Copy System for working with prints, is the easiest and most versatile method of creating image and emulsion transfers, especially to start with. The equipment is very affordable, can be set up just about anywhere, and you can make as many versions as you like of a single image from a 35mm slide or 4x6 print. Each transfer is unique, since the Polaroid negative - not your slide or print! - is destroyed in the process.
An added bonus for me in using a slide printer, or the copy system, is that I can draw upon images from my archives of work in 35mm slides and prints, giving me a vast range of subjects from which to work. In fact, when I initially viewed some of my slides, I knew that a straight color print would not adequately communicate my experience when photographing the image.
I have discovered that in many cases, the image or emulsion transfer process (and sometimes both) better convey what I had wanted to express. In addition, as a photographer I'm delighted to create images without having to work in the dark, or always at the computer.
Article by Kathleen T. Carr. To learn more about photography, explore the many online photography and Photoshop classes offered here at BetterPhoto.com.