ONLINE | Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day | April

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Date  |  April 25, 2021

Time  |  2PM – 4PM

Location |  ONLINE

Cost  |  $40 Non-Member    $36 Member

Skill Level  |  All Levels

FAQ  | 

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.

In celebration of WorldWide Pinhole Day (WPPD), CPAC presents a virtual pinhole photography event where we celebrate one-of-a-kind photographs and introduce students to the science behind pinhole photography and its use in creative photography.
Led by experimental photographer and pinhole enthusiast, Ashlae Shepler, students will build and use a pinhole viewfinder made out of materials found around the house, and use it with any camera you have on hand. If you’re already an avid pinhole photographer, we invite you to bring your favorite pinhole cameras and images to share during our show-and-tell session.
This fun, interactive workshop will give everyone time to cut and assemble their viewfinders, allowing an open discussion for students to ask questions and share their discoveries.
This workshop is appropriate for any level photographer and uses any digital camera. While we make this a family-friendly class, for general safety, a parent should supervise children with sharp knives.
For students who want to add images to include on the international pinhole gallery website, sign up online at

Materials Needed:

  • large sheets of cardboard — a large cardboard box or two, or a sheet equivalent to 4 ft x 4 ft
  • utility knife or large, sharp scissors
  • black gaffer tape or equivalent
  • vellum or tracing paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • marker