Make Video Podcast: Weekend Projects – Make a Pinhole Camera and Darkroom

In this Weekend Project, Bre teaches how to make a pinhole camera, turn your bathroom into a darkroom and make contact prints. Make sure to read the instructions for this post if you’re interested in shooting some DIY photographs!

Making photographs without a lens is fun and watching photographs develop is magic.

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10 thoughts on “Make Video Podcast: Weekend Projects – Make a Pinhole Camera and Darkroom

  1. I did this once with a polaroid back and color polaroid film. Worked like a charm.

    Also, you can use more than one pinhole, and have dual exposure images… Fun.

  2. I did this once with a polaroid back and color polaroid film. Worked like a charm.

    Also, you can use more than one pinhole, and have dual exposure images… Fun.

  3. What timing. This is when the Pinhole/Holga call for submissions at Glazer’s closes. If anyone gets an image they’re happy with, they should submit it.

  4. Diameter of hole? Distance from hole to paper? (Is there a ratio?) LENGTH OF EXPOSURE – do you pull the tape off and then stick it back on?
    There are no explanations of why ANY of this works. Nothing. (Unless it all comes at the very end. I didn’t want any more of my time wasted.) Try again.

  5. Hey Rum,

    It’s possible to measure the hole in fractions of a millimeter, but I’ve found that trial and error actually works pretty good with pinhole stuff.

    One thing that does work good for exposure is using a light meter and measuring the available light so that you can reference it.

    There are always more detailed explainations in the pdf which is in the post just previous to this one here:

    http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/08/make_video_podcast_weekend_pro_1.html

    More info on pinhole cameras can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinhole_camera

    Good luck!

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