DIY Production

DIY Photography, Sustainable Packaging, & More

Grow Your Own Packaging

In this 3-day hands-on workshop series, attendees will grow their own custom packing material using mycelium—an eco-conscious, biodegradable material made from mushroom tissue that many believe will eventually replace styrofoam. Additionally, you’ll learn about a range of eco friendly packaging options and where to source them. Prior to the first session, you’ll be shipped a box* containing samples of the packaging discussed, along with all the mycelium materials needed to set up your in-home lab (all you need at home is a table to work on, and a cool dark space to let your mycelium grow). Sessions, conducted over Zoom, will combine lecture and hands-on demonstrations to follow along with. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have your very own custom mycelium packaging! This course will help you source eco-friendly packaging options, while giving you an in-depth understanding of how mycelium packaging is created, so that you can better design, innovate, and source custom solutions for your unique product! *The material fee is $45 per person.

Grown Your Own Packaging - Series 1 Monday, January 11th 2021 Thursday, January 14th 2021 Sunday, January 17th 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grow Your Own Packaging - Series 2 Monday, March 8th 2021 Thursday, March 11th 2021 Monday, March 15th 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Camera Controls & Composition

This workshop focuses on building manufacturers’ technical skills in camera control (cell phone camera, digital SLR or digital point, and shoot). Participants will also receive professional feedback on their website and social media photography and work together to identify what they’re doing right and what could be improved. Every manufacturer will leave with tangible ideas & strategies for improving their brand and product photography.

Camera Controls & Composition Saturday, November 7th 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lighting Techniques

This workshop focuses on building manufacturers’ technical skills in lighting, composition, and styling. It will include demonstrations of how to shoot with daylight and artificial light, as well as how to set up a variety of small studio set-ups for DIY product photography. This workshop aims to empower manufacturers to be self-sufficient in documenting their products as well as crafting creative image-making for marketing purposes.

Lighting Techniques Saturday, November 14th 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Photoshop & Lightroom

This workshop covers the basics of how to use Photoshop software to digitally edit, resize, and change resolution of digital images. It will serve as a primer for someone learning Photoshop for the first time or as a refresher course. The goal of this workshop is to lay down a foundation for post-production photography skills. No prior experience is required.

Photoshop & Lightroom Saturday, November 21st 2020 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For more information about these opportunities, email Joanna Reynolds at
These workshops are powered by Pratt Institute faculty, staff, & students.