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 onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

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 and negatives in a darkroom

Required supplies:

  • Dry hand towel

  • 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)