FRIDAY 27, saturday 28, sunday 29
Canalside opposite New Mills Marina. Access via Victoria St or Woodside St SK22 3HE
10am-1pm workshops (see below)
2pm-6pm public access (admission FREE)

also part of art in windows trail: sunseekers (venue 66)


The Pinhole Studio is a 45 ft narrowboat built in 1977 which has been lovingly restored & converted into a  studio space for creative fun and learning.

The Pinhole Studio Presents:
A series of photographic workshops onboard for the Big Weekend of the New Mills Festival 2019.

Friday 27: Photogram
A Photogram is a photographic image made without the use of a camera. Images are made by placing objects between a light source and light senstitive materials (usually photographic paper).
Participants will be introduced to the art of the photogram by way of a presentation and a practical demonstration onboard the Pinhole Studio. They will then create a series of photograms using  a variety of both natural and man-made objects.
*Participants are invited to bring some objects of their own but nothing too big as the prints we will be making will be of a maximmum size of 10x8 inches.

Saturday 28: Pinhole Photography
Come and experience photography in its most simple form.
Participants will learn about Pinhole photography and will be given tips on how to construct their own cameras. They will then shoot and develop a series of pinhole images onboard the Pinhole Studio.
The pinhole camera or camera obscura has been around for over a 1000 years but it was only in 1837 that Joseph Niepce was able to develop the first photographic image.
All equipment will be provided and a choice of pinhole cameras will be available for you to experiment with.

Sunday 29: Digital Photography
This course is designed to introduce participants to digital photography and to help you get to know your camera.
The day will involve discussion about different types of digital cameras and their uses and limitations.
It will include demonstrations to help dissect and hopefully simplify those aspects of photography that can often seem a little confusing, for example:

  • Shutter speeds

  • Aperture setting

  • Depth of Field

  • Rule of thirds

  • ISO

  • focusing

  • Digital software

*We will also discuss the importance of setting yourself projects to inspire your photography and touch upon some of the great themes in the process.
Participants will have the opportunity to take photographs and have some one to one time to get to grips with the specifics of their own camera.
*NOTE: It is not essential to own your own camera for this course as a digital SLR (single lens reflex) will be provided. This may be a useful course to help you decide if an SLR is the best option for you or if your mobile phone will do all that you require (we can discuss).

Places are limited to 4 for each workshop and will run from 10am - 1pm. After the workshops the boat will remain on the Peak forest canal opposite the New Mills Marina (head up Victoria st or Woodside St) between 2pm and 6pm for visitors to come and check out the studio and an exhibition of photographic work by artist and owner Lee Finch. There will also be a series of historic photographs and objects on display and an opportunity to experience a working camera obscura built into the boat itself.

Details & reserving a place visit:
i: leefinchphotography