The Pillsbury Studio provided full service to the public. Amateurs wanting to develop their own photographs could use a dark room. Many young people and eager amateurs found that instruction in the use of their camera was provided cheerfully. Pillsbury wrote the chapter on how to photograph in Yosemite for the "Handbook of Yosemite National Park,: compiled and edited by Ansel Hall in 1921.
Tourists who wanted to flesh out their albums with already produced photos could purchase these in the shop. The real photo post cards might be the only souvenir less well-heeled visitors could afford, an these found their way into scrap books around the country as well. Post cards could be made out and mailed at the shop before or after watching the free nightly showings of nature movies, which were the same as those being seen at the most prestigious forums and podiums around the country. Below is the interior of the Pillsbury Studio as it was at the time of the fire in November of 1927.
Pillsbury's volume allowed him to provide excellent prices, service, and, combined with the unique abilities of its founder, effectively become the first nature center in the world.
At the time of the fire Pillsbury was negotiating with the other photographic concessionaires to allow them to sell their photos through his studio as part of a consolidation which would allow them to become share holders in a new company.
Through the steps at each side of the fireplace tourists entered the theatre, which stood in back of Studio. In this room Pillsbury also continued to conduct the photographic workshops so many, for instance Ansel Adams, Harry Pidgeon, and Earl Brooks, had attended at the far more constricted space in Old Village.