We are delighted to announce that the RPS has asked us to run a pinhole workshop for the Northern Region. Members and non-members are welcome, you don’t need any prior knowledge of pinhole or specialised equipment to join in the fun.

Our workshops are relaxed and fun to maintain your focus and help you get the most out of this learning experience.

The low-tech nature of the pinhole makes things very interesting, no longer are you relying on a cameras histogram for perfect exposures, or a live view for attaining back to front pin-sharp images that are perfectly composed; instead you make the decision and intuitively compose. Rest assured you will come away feeling confident about creating images and even after you complete the workshop we are happy to offer further advice should you need it. Remember this is a unique experience where you have two experienced pinhole photographers who are there to offer advice, hints & tips and instil confidence – you will not find a better workshop.

Starting at the beautiful Victorian beach town of Saltburn we will take in the sights of the famous pier and promenade. This really is a place that lends itself to the pinhole camera creating timeless images. From beauty to the beast, we will venture into the industrial wasteland of South Gare. Once a prosperous place producing the world’s supply of steel the industrial giant now lays to ruin. No longer are the chimneys belching out smoke and steam, but the area has so much more to it than the immediate backdrop. We will explore the fishing harbour affectionately known as “Paddy’s Hole” where you will see a mix of dereliction and new and the popular fishing huts that sit in the dunes. To many this place is jarring with the shift of nature to industry but now nature is gradually reclaiming the area. This location is amazing with the pinhole.

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  • Practical & engaging pinhole photography workshop for all abilities.
  • Distance: 3 miles (approximate total walking)
  • Fitness: Easy/Moderate (level walks with optional visit of terrace and cliff)
  • Group size: 12 (maximum based on 2 guides)
  • Cost: £50 pp (Members) | £60 pp (Non-members)
  • When: 10 November, 2019
  • Duration: 7 hrs (approx.)
  • Included: Bodycap for DSLR & Mirrorless cameras (must be requested)
  • Excluded: pinhole camera (unless requested), film, developing, scanning, insurance, accommodation, food/drink & transport.


Very little equipment is required for pinhole photography and if you have not got your own pinhole camera do not worry about that as we have a limited number of pinholes we can loan out on a first come first served basis, so please mention this upon enquiring).

Recommended equipment (as a minimum):

  • tripod (do not forget a mount plate)
  • spirit level block
  • Your own digital camera

If you would like to make an enquiry about a place on this workshop, please e-mail us at info@pinholephotographyworkshops.co.uk , however if you wish to make a booking we ask you do this directly with the “Royal Photographic Society” by clicking HERE.

Do check out our other workshops and if you prefer something a little more bespoke and intense why not check out our 1-2-1 workshops.


Ian Burton & Andrew Atkinson