Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Make a Pinhole Camera from a Matchbox

Only 11 objects will be needed for you to make a pinhole camera yourself. It is quite easy but demands some precisions. You’ll see the process of making after the jump.


























































The camera looks pretty cool. Normally, it’s a one time use camera, but if you are careful, you can use it several times. No precision is needed for an exposure time when using colour print film: 1 or 2 seconds when it’s shiny outdoors, 5 seconds if it’s cloudy and 5 to 10 minutes if you’re taking pictures in a room with normal lighting.

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9 comments :

Anonymous said...

or you can just buy a disposable camera.

Renato said...

...Anonymous, I don't think you get it...

Anonymous said...

I see that you use two rolls of film, but are both canisters entire rolls of film? Or is the take up roll an empty?

Chris Walrath said...

The take up roll is empty, cut with enough leader sticking out to splice to the full canister. The first roll must be sacrificed to the fun gods. After exposures are made and the film is wound into the take up canister, cut the film within a couple inches of the other canister and use that as your take for the next camera.

And for a 24mmx24mm format, listen for six clicks to pass (4mm per gear sprocket hole to hole/ six clicks = 24mm).

scoodog said...

Wow, this sounds so fun! I may give this a try. I am loving older-style photography so much. Currently I'm shooting with a Hipstamatic 150, which is actually an app for the iPhone! It lets you select the style of film and the particular lens you want, and then you get some incredible results! It's making me want to go analog and your idea of a pinhole camera would be a lot of fun to experiment with. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It would have been great if you showed us an example of what the pictures it takes look like, and if you explained each step in detail under each step. I have no idea what is going on in 50% of the pictures.

david elzey said...

did this w/ my daughter, made two cameras each, one b/w and one color, experimented with exposure... one one semi-decent picture out of four rolls.

on the up side, said daughter has asked me to rebuild my old darkroom and has signed up for photo classes at school next fall.

Anonymous said...

This is very cool. Thanks for sharing.

David Vizi - Photography said...

Nice build! Post some results when you have the time.