Karen Burns workshop in pinhole

A couple of weekends ago I attended a Still Life/Food photography workshop taught by Karen Burns from Granite Bay, California.  It was so nice of her to bring her props, cameras and knowledge to the PNW. While I did take hundreds of photos with my Sony a6500 and many different Lensbaby lenses, I wanted to share some pinhole images I made, behind the scenes.

I decided against making the trip to and from my house to the actual location due to the usual horrible traffic between Washington and Oregon. I found a Holiday Inn Express only a few miles from Deb Spofford’s barn where we held the workshop.

at hotel

This is me doing a bit of studying before the day begins. Zero Image pinhole. 8 minute exposure

We  would use the second floor of the barn to make our photos from the many props provided for us.


Laying out a flat still life of yummy muffins and silver. Zero Image pinhole camera. 2 minute exposure

Then we’d head downstairs to eat the food props. We were provided with all the yummy recipes.

karen Burns workshop

First we make photos of the food and then we eat the props. Zero Image pinhole camera. 9 minute exposure

We spent 2 1/2 days in this beautiful new barn built by Deb Spofford and her husband. Her husband also served us a wonderful happy hour meal with wine on Saturday night.


Karen standing in front of the black back drop giving us a demonstration on how to set up this photo of a muffin on a fork dusted with powered sugar.  Zero Image pinhole camera. 5 minute exposure

Karen and her co-instructor Marie Otero packed the car with tons of props. Deb also provided some of her own. We had a wonderful collection of props to use plus Lensbaby loaned us some of their lenses to try.


choosing props and designing sets. Zero Image pinhole camera. 30 second exposure

We were a small group which allowed us to get lots of one-on-one help if needed. It also meant we all got enough time to make photos of each of the set ups that were placed around the barn. The barn had amazing light and this workshop was all about using natural light or always-on photography lights. No flash was used.

For more information please check out Karen at http://www.KarenBurns.com. Also check out Deb Spofford at http://www.madeon23rd.com.  Deb prints beautiful linen fabrics from wood blocks that she designs and cuts. Her studio is amazing and she has many lovely fabrics and pillows in her shop for purchase.  Lucky me, I won two of her gorgeous pillows.

Thank you to Karen, Marie and Deb. It was a fabulous weekend.


About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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1 Response to Karen Burns workshop in pinhole

  1. I have enjoyed these as you shared them – looks like you had fun

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