CR August issue: Make Your Own Pinhole Camera
The CR cutting board has never seen the like
The final cut-out-and-make project from CR's Bumper Summer Fun issue is perhaps the most challenging. But to prove it can be done, here's our very own 'Pinolta' pinhole camera that we made earlier with some invaluable help from our intern Jasmin...
Justin and his publishers kindly let us include the instructions to create the Pinolta model in the new issue and also house downloadable templates for the camera on the CR website, along with notes on how to load and expose your film.
So all you need to make your own Pinolta is a copy of the Bumper Summer Fun issue, some A4 card (220 gsm recommended), a printer, a scalpel or scissors, some glue, a needle, an aluminium drinks can and two regular camera films. (The needle is used to make the tiny hole you need in your flattened square of aluminium).
Of course, the photographic fruits of our endeavours will be shared on the CR blog once we read up a bit on how to properly expose our film in a pinhole style. Suffice to say we'll be taking our surprisingly sturdy Pinolta around the office and on to the streets of Soho early next week. So once we're back from the chemists, expect a holiday slide show courtesy of CR!
Here's a better look at Jasmin's Pinolta, with the shutter closed...
...and – wait for it – open. The metal you can see is the "lens" of the camera which is made from a drinks can. The "pinhole" is in the centre of the lens and is easily made with a needle:
And we'd love to see any pictures you take with your Pinoltas, not to mention shots of your cameras too.
Haha, this has reminded me I once made a pin hole camera as a kid... from a baked bean tin and some grease proof paper.... I think!
This is very cool! I'd love to make one of these before the summer is over. I love photography and I think that creating a camera of your own gives your photos more of a personal meaning. I can't wait to construct this. I'd love the see how your photos turn out. I remember in high school we had to make cameras out of oatmeal cans but this camera looks so much better! What a fun project for an intern. :)
-CKR Interactive Intern
An excellent use of time, paper and light. Thank you.
Very good - there is also a cardboard fake Leica pinhole camera out there as well - £20 rather than £3000 !
NICE! but what are the photos like?
@bgd We'll post up our work once we've taken a full film and had them developed! In the meantime, check out how the master does it. Justin Quinnell's black and whites: http://www.pinholephotography.org/gallery/bw/index.html
Pretty sure I was at college with someone who made a pin whole camera out of a tea chest. Some pretty crazy results - I think getting the whole thing through the door into the dark room was hardest part.
I loved this.. thought it was an excellent feature - Creative Review is always good though
I want to make it these.. :)
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