Pinhole cameras are in the basic sense, just a box with a pinhole in it and film paper to produce photographs. But photography enthusiast James Guerin shares his artisanal piece and the amazing panoramic results it produces.
James Guerin has been shooting pinhole photos since 2005 and was initially hooked by it. He was introduced to pinhole photography and he just got really into it. The first pinhole camera he used was made of balsa wood and he admitted that it wasn’t pretty but it does the job for him. But he had other plans for his pinhole camera.
After wanting to improve his stark looking 6×17 camera, he explored the things that he really wanted to see on a pinhole camera. He was shooting panorama pictures then and wanted to improve on it so he designed a pinhole camera that would suit his needs. Alas, with creative solutions and additions to his original camera, his new pinhole camera was born.
Boasting aesthetics and functionality to boot, his new camera is looking sleek as ever. Made from wood (walnut) and kept together with brass, stainless steel and aluminium, the look is more deceiving until you see the results. With a horizontal angle view of 141 degrees, Guerin’s camera captures super wide pinhole photographs that are clear enough that you may not even think it was shot using a pinhole camera.
See more of his ingenious take on pinhole photography and his camera’s amazing mechanics on his site. You can also follow his blog for his latest adventures with his pinhole cameras and see his other works.
It was our great pleasure to chat with the CEO of Ondu Pinhole Cameras, Elvis Halilović, about his interest in pinhole photography as well as the formation of his company that produces handcrafted pinhole cameras. We found his answers fascinating and we think you will too. Thanks Elvis for being so generous in sharing your story and cameras with us!
For Crow, his LC-Wide, which he fondly calls Elsie, is the perfect camera for his "Don't think, just shoot" attitude. He takes it wherever he goes and even uses the camera to teach his daughter about photography. In this interview, he shares more about his love for the LC-Wide plus some of the photographs taken by his young apprentice.
Michael Feurstein is not only a software developer, new media enthusiast and drum/saxophone player — he's also an avid pinholer! The Viennese multitasker started shooting pinhole when he got an ONDU camera for his 30th birthday and has now begun to rediscover his beautiful city through a pinhole photography project. Get to know more about his project and new-found passion for pinhole photography!
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
An enthusiast of alternative photographic processes, in 2012 An Zuriel set up the "Dutch Alternative Photography" website to connect enthusiasts and share information, not just in the Netherlands but worldwide. We get the scoop on her work plus a step-by-step guide on her three favourite alternative photographic processes!
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
For this young artist, photography is not just a tally of sights. Set in light or dusk, it is a record of sensations. Shared bliss and awe are as much part of the scenery as the clouds. There is a sense of flight even on land.
It is our pleasure to have yet another opportunity to share more stellar photographs shot by Hong Kong-based photographer Issa Ng, using the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens. Not surprisingly, his photographs are again a revelation of his great sense of aesthetics and fashion, juxtaposed with the masculine appeal of a portside location.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
The history of cameras began in 1820, when Joseph Nicéphore Niépce invented a box camera prototype while working on a pinhole camera. Around 1870, in France, the very first box camera made its appearance on the market, even lacking a shutter mechanism: the photographer had to remove the lens cap to expose the photo.
As a photographer, Issa Ng is known for his expertise in portraiture and fashion photography. Having worked with different international brands as an Art Director, he has developed a great sense for aesthetics and details, which are reflected in his work. For the past three years thePetzval lens has been part of his workflow, and it has helped him create those show-stopping fashion portraits.
Vincent Huang is a Singapore-based photographer specializing on bridal and corporate photography. In this feature, he talks about his work and experience incorporating the Petzval Art Lens into his workflow, and showcases some of the resulting romantic photographs.