Pinhole Photography at Home: From Camera to Print

Learn how to make and use your own camera in this four-week exploration into the art of pinhole photography. With roots earlier than the dawn of photography itself, pinhole photography is still revered by artists for its simplicity of use and the uniquely expressive imagery it creates. Equally suited for both novices and experienced photographers, the class will offer techniques for optimizing your camera construction and exposure, as well as detailed instruction on how to set up a makeshift darkroom to develop your images at home. A full supply list will be provided for two different setups, including an option for tank development which can be done in daylight.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • How to build a light-tight camera

  • Optimizing pinhole size and calculating aperture

  • Metering/figuring out camera exposure

  • Developing paper positives in a makeshift home darkroom

Required supplies for the first class:

  • A full list of supplies is available here

  • Tea tin, thick cardboard box or other container that is pretty light tight

  • Electrical tape

  • Thick aluminum, such as from a disposable pie plate or baking pan

  • Sewing needle, safety pin, or similar piercing device

  • Matte black paint or spray paint

  • Piece of fine grit sandpaper

  • Ruler or measuring tape with mm markings

  • Drill, scissors, and/or craft knife

  • 1 25-sheet box Ilford Direct Positive paper – 4″x5″

  • 1 – 500mL bottle liquid Ilford Multigrade Developer

  • 1 – 500mL bottle liquid Ilfostop Stop

  • 1 – 500mL bottle liquid Ilford rapid fixer

  • 1 – 1L bottle Sprint Fixer Remover

  • 4 – 1L chemistry storage bottles

  • A 1 L measuring pitcher with units of at least 100mL

  • 1 funnel

Supplies for later classes:

  • Tray development option: 1 deep red safelight bulb, 4 5×7 trays, 4 sets of tongs, timer (phone timer is fine)

  • Tube development option: aylight developing tank that supports 4×5 paper or film (example: 8 x 10 Unicolor Drum, or tanks designed to develop 4×5 film); changing bag