Create your very own shoebox pinhole camera!


World Pinhole Photography Day will be celebrated on April 27 this year and what better way to celebrate it than make a pinhole camera of your own? Check out this quick tipster to find out how.

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Lensless photography is a great way to teach beginners the basics of photography – from the simple ideas of aperture and the light sensitivity of film. It’s a good thing there’s a wealth of knowledge out there to use as a resource for learning materials.

This quick tutorial is one of them. Instructable user *Mr. Fishers3* offers us a quick and easy way to turn old shoeboxes into portable pinhole cameras with a matching tripod.

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Get your pens and paper ready, here are the materials you’re going to need for this project:

  1. Shoebox
  2. Tape (must be black so light doesn’t bounce back and ruin the photo paper)
  3. Black paint (we suggest you use matte or flat black paint, again to make sure that light doesn’t bounce back)
  4. A small piece of metal (this needs to be a thin sheet of metal)
  5. Needle
  6. Tripod
  7. Washer
  8. Nut
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  1. Gather all the materials. Take the box and make it light-proof. Paint the inside of the box with the matte/flat black paint evenly. Also, use the black tape to cover each edge of the box. Make sure you cover up all holes that can accidentally ruin your photo paper.
  2. Punch a finger-sized hole on one side of the box and tape the thin metal sheet on it. Make sure that the tape covers every part of the metal sheet.
  3. Using the needle, punch a hole into the thin sheet of metal. Smaller pinholes make for sharper photos so it’s up to you on how much detail you want to see on your prints. Be careful not to pull on the needle when you punch it to the metal sheet. That can cause an irregular-shaped hole on your pinhole camera.
  4. For the tripod attachment, punch a hole on the bottom of the box. Place the washer and nut as preferred and tape it in place. Again, make sure that it is light proof.
  5. For the last step, add a bit of tape on the pinhole part of your shoebox camera. This will serve as a shutter when you’re done shooting. To load the camera, just get a piece of photo paper and cut it into the size of your shoebox camera. Tape it inside and close your shoebox camera. Remember to do the loading and unloading of photo paper inside a darkroom.

Now you’re all set. Nice exercise isn’t it? Beginners are not the only ones who can learn from this quick camera build, experienced Lomographers can very much get a kick out of this pinhole challenge.

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Instructables.

written by cheeo on 2014-04-06 #gear #tutorials #diy #pinhole #tipster #shoebox-camera

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