Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

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Sunday, April 26

Session 1: 12:30-2:30pm
Session 2: 2:30-4:30pm
Drop-ins Welcome!
Location: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. EPC Room 100, Campus Map below.
1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO
$10 CPAC & Students w/ ID; $20 General; Youth under 12 free.

In celebration of WorldWide Pinhole Day (WPPD), CPAC and Tilt Shift presents a family-friendly pinhole workshop at the historic campus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. This is a camera-building, photo-taking, and print-developing event to celebrate and create one-of-a-kind images that will be shown online.

  • Make your own Camera (optional)
    Make your own pinhole camera! Ashlae Shepler, founder of Tilt Shift and pinhole-camera master, will teach the basics of making a pinhole camera. Bring an object to assemble your own! Soda cans, cereal boxes, and oatmeal cans are good choices. Have something unique you want to convert into a camera? Bring it on!
  • Shoot & Print
    Aim your camera and print your picture in a traditional darkroom. Have a pinhole camera? Join the fun – come shoot and print with us. Volunteers and instructors will be available to help you through the process.  Wear an apron or shirt that can get wet.
  • Go Inside a Camera
    Experience what it is like to be INSIDE a pinhole camera. Heather Oelklaus and her pinhole camera truck, Little Miss Sunshine, will give participants a tour of this unique camera and explain the magic of pinhole photography. Watch the video of her famous truck and see her image gallery here!
  • Share your unique pinhole images
    Join thousands of participants around the globe! We will be scanning and uploading your images to share with pinhole enthusiasts around the world.

Special thanks to our sponsors!

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1. What is pinhole photography?

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. (from Wikipedia).

It is completely dark on all the other sides of the box including the side where the point is created. This part is usually painted black, but black boxes are also used for this purpose. There is also a thin screen which looks like a projector sheet, and is put in between the dark side adjacent to the pinhole.

From the website: “Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was established to celebrate the joy of simple creativity using the medium of lensless photography. We want to show that, from a device as simple as a cardboard box with a tiny hole, you can create inspiring images.” www.


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