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Georgia Southern to host workshop for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will host a workshop for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at the Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Hall in Savannah on April 28 from noon to 3 p.m. The workshop is free and open to all ages and skill levels.

This photo is an example of pinhole photography.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is an international event that celebrates the art of pinhole photography, a method of producing a photograph that requires only a light-tight container enclosing any photosensitive surface with a tiny hole in one side. Existing cameras can be adapted, or one can be purpose-built for pinhole photography.

“What I like about it is that you can make a pinhole camera out of just about anything,” Assistant Professor of Photography Bridget Conn said. “I also like that it typically takes a fairly long time to make a pinhole photograph and because of that, you can capture things with this type of camera that a digital camera can’t do so well.”

Because pinhole cameras have almost indefinite depth of field, everything in the photos appears in focus unless there is motion in the photo, which causes a blurred effect. The workshop will provide a look at photographic techniques that were in use prior to modern technological advances.

“My advice to someone doing this for the first time would be to not expect any specific results and embrace the uncertainty of what you might capture,” Conn said. “People who practice pinhole photography are curious and interested in the process itself. You might make mistakes and will have to try again and learn from them.”

Each participant will have the opportunity to create at least one pinhole camera photograph to be uploaded to the global database of images created on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. Cameras and paper will be available to participants.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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