Thoughts on Shooting with a Homemade Pinhole Camera

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When you want to try pinhole photography the first thing that comes in mind is to build one yourself. You calculate, cut, stick, break and you get a pinhole camera.

Here are some thoughts of my homemade pinhole camera.

I built my pinhole only because I wanted to shoot 120 film and i didn’t want to buy another camera for that. So I started documenting and making plans for making one. After calculating and getting the proper material, I started building one. Here’s how it looks like. Basically it’s all made out of cardboard and duct tape and a little bit of aluminum.

It does the job of working and taking photos. I love the soft focus and the simplicity of the camera. Also, I love the fact that I can shoot medium sized film.

But, due to the fact that the film stays loose inside the camera, I got uneven exposures. And because it’s so light weight, it can move easily and I got blurry shots. I think a wooden box will fix these problems. Also, if you care for focusing you have to consider calculating the diameter and the f-stop to get the optimal distance between the pinhole and the film.

Here are some shots:

Credits: pvalyk

If you are like me, and you like building your own toys, than you got to try and build yourself a pinhole. If you’re on the other side, you have to buy one and try it yourself, to really understand the charm of shooting with a pinhole camera.

written by pvalyk on 2012-04-04 in #reviews

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