Giveaway: Build a camera workshop

Do you know you can make a pinhole camera out of cardboard and sticky tape? And with it, you can take photographs and learn to develop it using traditional darkroom methods! We learnt this recently in the Build A Camera Workshop at Npower Education.

Here are the materials you need for PART 1

  • Cardboard Box (insides should be dark coloured)
  • Pencil/Ruler/Penknife
  • Thick aluminium sheet
  • Pin (to make the PIN hole!)
  • Sticky cloth tape

Materials needed pinhole camera

The workshop we attended was for Primary School kids. Together with a friend, Isaac (10 yr old), Nicole(8 yr old) and Nathan (6 yr old—specially squeezed in attendee) had a blast! I honestly thought it looked a little too challenging, but the kids really rose up to it, cut out the necessary, stuck on the sheets and followed the clear instructions easily. Check it out!

Measuring and Cutting

Make the pin hole









Sticky Tape

Part 2: In the Darkroom

This was an eye opener for me! We go to see the chemicals that professional photographers use, and stick the special photo paper onto the camera.


And so the kids were excited taking the photos! The trainer gave tips to compose nice photos. One tip was to stand very still if you are the model while the camera ‘captures’ the shot. That takes a full 30 seconds, or in some cases 90 seconds!!



And the final product? After developing them in the darkroom themselves, ta-da….

Photos pinhole

So cool ya? The models looked blurred cos they moved (haha obviously!). But they were such great shots! The kids were so so proud of themselves for making the camera and taking their own pictures! And I am so so proud of them too!

And the trainer was great with kids, knowledgeable and clear in her instructions. I have to give her credit for trying to explain the physics of making a camera palatable for the kids. The theory lesson was necessary, but it made the workshop a tad bit too long.

Here are the workshop details:

  • 3 hours workshop (There’s Primary School edition & Secondary School edition)
  • Available Dates:

2 March 2013 (Saturday), 930am to 1230pm
2 March 2013 (Saturday), 1pm to 4pm
9 March 2013 (Saturday), 930am to 1230pm
16 March 2013 (Saturday), 10am to 1pm
16 March 2013 (Saturday), 1pm to 4pm
23 March 2013 (Saturday), 930am to 1230pm
23 March 2013 (Saturday), 1pm to 4pm
30 March 2013 (Saturday), 930am to 1230pm
30 March 2013 (Saturday), 1pm to 4pm

  • Venue: Npower Education, Blk 157, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-578, S(560157)

  • Cost: $45 per participant

  • For more information, click here

And for ALL Mum’s the Word readers, there’s a special discount packages for you!

20% discount for Build  a Camera workshop (Key in Discount code “mumseword20”)


But wait!! There’s more! I have TWO passes to give away!! Here’s what you do to take part in the giveaway. You have till 24 Feb to join in!

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