I attended a pinhole camera workshop at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery a couple of weekends ago with Heidi Kenyon who has used the technique within her installation art.
Building a pinhole camera and taking pictures is photography in its simplest form, the art of capturing light.
We started our two day workshop building a camera out of a tin can, taking infinite care that the size of the hole was the tip of a needle and the only moving part was the sticky tape ‘shutter’.
To take a photograph we taped a piece of photographic paper to the inside of the can opposite the pinhole then exposed the paper using varying lengths of time. For every exposure we had to dash back to the darkroom and develop our shot to see the result. My camera worked well with an exposure of around two minutes and I was surprised at the amount of detail and sharpness of the images.
We then experimented including ourselves within our images and my favourite is the one of me standing beside myself.
I scanned my negative prints into my computer and produced a positive image in Photoshop by going to Image-Adjustments-Invert.
The workshop was an interesting and creative experience thanks to Heidi’s knowledgeable presentation and I would recommend it for any photographer to explore the possibilities of capturing light with a pinhole tin can camera.