Public Workshops
For information on public workshops and lectures, please see my home page.

St Pauls Family Centre workshop
(Beer Can Photo)

A practical workshop is probably the best way to learn the joy of pinhole photography.

Over the past 22 years I have refined my lectures and workshops to give as much information to as many people as the given time allows.

The courses are stimulating and enjoyable and structured to meet individual group requirements, whether a primary school, a company teambuilding day or a week long workshop at a university.

I endeavour to provide all materials

Darwin - Australia

I am a qualified teacher (PGCE Secondary - Design and Technology) with over 6 years full and part time experience in an inner city school in Bristol. I am also a part time lecturer at Falmouth University.

What Happens?

Depending upon facilities, a day's workshop can include:

  • A PowerPoint presentation on the: science, history, contemporary approaches and my own work.
  • Everyone making a 'Drink can camera' and using it with photographic paper and darkroom chemicals to create black and white paper negatives.
  • Everyone making and loading cameras that can take 6-month duration exposures.
  • Giving out templates for 35mm colour film cameras and exposing a colour film using electronic flash.
  • Exposing a camera to take a 360-degree panorama.
  • Demonstration of other cameras.

Who is it for?

Anyone can benefit from encountering the wonder of pinhole photography. In the past this has included: Primary and secondary schools, Universities, Hospitals, Prisons, Festivals, Businesses, Clubs and societies, Teachers and (a few) bored rich people!
I have run workshops in places as diverse as: a tent in a festival, a railway tunnel and even in a cave.

How many people?

The most I have lectured to is 250 and the largest workshop was to 75 (fun but bonkers!) A maximum of around 16 per session is more productive.
There are some limits with time and space when it comes to processing photographic materials and watching the images appear.
With small children some assistance with management of groups is useful!


I provide all the materials although, if travelling by coach, train or plane, some items may need to be provided due to transportation. I also (as yet) do not have my own digital projector.

Where do I travel?

For one-day workshops I prefer to work within a day's journey from my hometown of Bristol in the UK, further distances can be negotiated.

If you require me to do a workshop somewhere warm and can provide accommodation for my wife and 2 kids near a beach that would be fab!

How much?

From 250 per day including all materials (travel and accommodation may be extra as would an added CPD - inset course for teachers).
Part day lectures and workshops can be arranged but if it is necessary to construct a darkroom, this can take some time. Large numbers of participants (20+) will also add a small amount extra to the cost.

What aspects of the national curriculum does the course cover?

Science, chemistry, optics, history, art, recycling, astronomy, design and technology, ICT.

further workshop information


"Justin's workshops enthuse and inspire our students. They are jam packed with information, creative and hands on. The students use the work that they make as part of their coursework. The day flies by! "
Zoe Kingston, photography teacher, Beaufort Community School.

"The children and I have loved the opportunity to do something totally different. They have been amazed at the simplicity of photography and the ease with which you can produce some amazing images. Justin made pinhole photography a magical, yet scientifically plausible experience for the children. What's more, we produced some beautiful images for our displays. There was creativity, science, photography and lots of fun involved."
Leah Tomlin - Henleaze Junior School

"The best course I've been on in 13 years - fabulous! Can't wait to get back to the classroom and try it."
Katy Devine, Ackworth School, West Yorkshire