Image Lab Photography

Traditional and contemporary photography, workshops, and darkroom rental. 

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DIY Pinhole Camera Photography

  • Image Lab Photography 234 E Babcock Street upstairs Bozeman MT 59715 USA (map)

In this class students will create their own Pinhole Camera! We will go over the basic principles of pinhole photography and create a simple box camera. Each student will learn to work with darkroom photographic paper to create a paper negative, how to process their print using the Image Lab darkroom facilities, and will go home with a new understanding of light!. (includes materials, chemistry, use of lab, and refreshments)



Sunday November 18th from 1-4pm


Image Lab Photography - 234 E. Babcock Street, Bozeman MT. The studio is on the second floor at the end of the hallway.

About The Process:

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a tiny aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through the aperture and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, which is known as the camera obscura effect. The first known description of pinhole photography is found in the 1856 book The Stereoscope by Scottish inventor David Brewster, including the description of the idea as "a camera without lenses, and with only a pin-hole". One older use of the term "pin-hole" in the context of optics was found in James Ferguson's 1764 book Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics.

Characteristics of pinhole camera photography

Pinhole photographs have nearly infinite depth of field, everything appears in focus.

As there's no lens distortion, wide angle images remain absolutely rectilinear.

Exposure times are usually long, resulting in motion blur around moving objects and the absence of objects that moved too fast.

About The Teacher:


Owner and manager of Image Lab Photography in Bozeman, Zach graduated from MSU with a bachelor of arts in film and photography. Zach went on to achieve his masters of fine arts at Lesley University in Boston. His passion for photography, education, and exploration led him to start his work on what has now become the Image Lab.

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