Pinhole Photography

If you are reading this page you likely typed in the web address on the back of the awesome business card my hubby designed for me.  The hole in the middle of the card is reminiscent of the hole in pinhole cameras.

 The back of my "pinhole" business card

The back of my "pinhole" business card

 Principle of a pinhole fanny camera: light rays from an object pass through a small hole to form an inverted image. - courtesy Wikipedia   

Principle of a pinhole fanny camera: light rays from an object pass through a small hole to form an inverted image. - courtesy Wikipedia
 

What is a pinhole camera?

Wikipedia defines a pinhole camera as "a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture [opening] – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box."

You can make a pinhole camera (or buy one)

Making a pinhole camera is easy and a whole lot of fun.  Below are some ideas and instructions for making memories with a pinhole camera.  If you would prefer to buy a pre-fab pinhole camera kit there are plenty available online.  Our favorite is one that lets you take the pictures and develop your own film using sunlight ($25).  There are many other less expensive options.

 A home-made pinhole camera (on the left), wrapped in black plastic to prevent light leaks, and related developing supplies. Courtesy  Douglas Whitaker  via Wikipedia

A home-made pinhole camera (on the left), wrapped in black plastic to prevent light leaks, and related developing supplies. Courtesy Douglas Whitaker via Wikipedia

 An example of a 20 minute exposure taken with a pinhole camera. Courtesy Wikipedia

An example of a 20 minute exposure taken with a pinhole camera. Courtesy Wikipedia

Involve your whole family

Here's an idea - make a pinhole camera then take turns taking pictures of one another, the family pet or any object of your choosing.  Go to the one hour photo store together and drop off the film.  Spend the hour doing something as a family - have a picnic, go shopping or play in the park.  Then pick up the photos and ooh, aah, laugh and smile as you look at them together.  You can kick it up a notch by getting the photos put on CD when you have them developed and then having a slide show at home with popcorn for everyone.

Instructions

You can make a pinhole camera from just about anything.  Kodak has a great tutorial on how to make your first pinhole camera out of a can or a box.  

Tell us about it

Share your pinhole experience with us.  We'll email you back so you can send us one of your photos.  We may even post it on this page as a shining example of your creativity and ingenuity.  Have fun!