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Purely Pinholes: Pinhole Photography Tips

If you want to go back to the roots of photography, one thing you can do is play with a pinhole camera. By using a pinhole camera, you can learn or go back to the basics of photography while having a lot of fun. Here are some tips that might help you.

Making a pinhole camera. You already know that a pinhole camera can be made out of almost anything. The common materials used for a pinhole include cans, and boxes. There are plenty of things that you can use to make a pinhole camera, just search online and you’ll have plenty to choose from. You might even come up with your own design.

Exposure times. The exposure time when using a pinhole camera depends on several factors. The exposure time can be anywhere from a few seconds and even for years. It is not so easy to set the correct exposure time for a pinhole camera, especially when shooting in poor lighting conditions. You can do a bit of trial and error to get the results that you want.

Subjects to photograph. For a start, try taking photos of landscapes or buildings with interesting geometric shapes. Bodies of water are interesting to capture, too. The ripples done by the waves produce an interesting effect on the final image.

Experiment. Expect to do a lot of experimenting when dealing with a pinhole camera. Experiment with different exposure times, subjects, and films! You’ll be surprised with the images that come out. And most of all, have fun!

Are there other pinhole photography tips that you’d like to share with the community? Leave a comment below. Sources for this article include Current Photographer, EPhotozine, Urban 75, and Pinhole.

written by jeanmendoza


  1. dreadlockboy


    wow...i always love pinhole :)

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  2. djramsay


    I love my Holga WPC :)

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  3. mafiosa


    It's probably a good idea to mention that the camera needs to be as still as possible (i.e. use a tripod) for clear images.

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