Pinhole Photography (two-session workshop)

Learn how to make and use your own camera in this 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 the opportunity to experience the magic of working in a photographic darkroom.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

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:

  • Light meter or light meter app on smartphone (required)

  • Container(s) that can be made light tight (examples: cardboard oatmeal cans, wood, or thick cardboard boxes with lids, metal coffee, or tea tins with lids)

  • One 25-sheet box 8×10 RC paper (pearl)

  • Changing bag (optional)