In this workshop students learn the basics of photography.
They learn how to make pictures in a very special way. For a pinhole camera is nothing more then a lightproof box with a tiny little hole in it.
Each individual student first builds a pinhole camera before he or she gets to work with it. They also learn how to develop the pictures they make in an improvised darkroom.
The pupils will be surprised by the results of this magical way of working.
Afterwards they can scan the pictures they made and as a contrast to this historical way of working they also use some digital techniques.

In terms of content:
Students learn to look at the ordinary with different eyes.
Something that we see every day or where we pass by every day can be so common that we do not even look at it anymore. If they photograph it in a special way it gets interesting again.
They explore what impact perspective has on the image.
The pinhole camera is a very suitable tool. The small hole looks at the world differently than our eyes or the lens of a camera.

Based on this pinhole technique it is also possible to customize a workshop in cooperation with the school. For example we can work with topics such as the history of photography, new media, nature, light and the environment or even built a pinhole room. A pinhole room is a giant walk in pinhole camera on real life scale.
Apart from the classes art – and cultural education, this workshop also fits well in physics and math classes and is therefore cross curricular. A practical class is preceded by a theory about pinhole photography in which light and the working of light is an important part.
The workshop can be combined with a presentation of my own work as a photographer combined with a visit to my studio.

For this workshop we need a room which can easily be darkened. In this darkroom we develop the pictures. For example a room where it is possible to darken the windows with black plastic. But even a large walk in closet will do.

The workshop takes from one hour minimum to a whole week. By choice options can be left out or combined with each other.
Construction sets are available to make the camera’s.
For very short workshops readymade cameras are available.

In this workshop a maximum of 15 students can participate. In case of more than 15 students we can split up the group in two parts.

Price indication:
A workshop will cost between € 100, – and € 700, –

For more information and related costs feel free to contact me.

Pinhole fotografie workshop




A blogpost about a workshop pinhole photography showing a short video by Hans ten Berge for local television.