Today, we attempt to look back and retrace the basic foundation of what gave us Lomographers the sole purpose to exist – that is to capture the light with a pinhole. Join us as we pay homage to this very simplistic method of image making with our week’s selected Tipster!
Do Your Pinhole Larger by wuxiong
I believe that there are a bunch of Lomographers out there have a passion for pinhole photos, like myself. However I am a bit lazy guy who don’t like carry an extra weight of a tripod while going out to shoot. So I figured it out with this idea – that if I make a larger pinhole, so I can always shoot handheld, without having to sit my camera on a tripod or something rock steady.
OK, to begin with , you first have to unscrew your beloved Holga lens ( either 120 or 135 model would do). Then find and cut a thin aluminum foil sheet, make a hole in the center with a nail, instead of a usual sewing needle, then stick it on to the square hole of your Holga body, and its done.
A few things to keep in mind:
1. Turn the lens on its “one person” distance icon printed on the lens barrel, until it stops. Here you need some courage and strength to turn a bit more harder, way past that icon. You will hear a loud crack sound. Don’t be afraid. From my several previous try, I can safely assure you that it will do no harm to your camera or lens.
2: Speed. Since your nailhole is large, about 1mm in width, just set the shutter at B. You don’t have to be accurate at all, but approximately somewhere between 1 sec to 1/100 sec. is already enough for exposure.
Anyway, your Holga is always smarter than I can tell you, and it is always so forgiving no matter what you done to it. :)