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The Showcase of Beautiful Pinhole Photography

      Camera is a remarkable piece of innovation. However, it is the person behind the camera that makes it truly remarkable. It’s his imagination, passion, talent and knowledge of the medium. You don’t need a high-end costly equipment to get beautiful results. Just your talent and a way of looking at things differently along with ability to envision the final result in your mind is more than enough for a great shot.

      What is a pinhole camera?

      A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole on 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 easily construct this camera yourself using things lying around like match boxes or any kind of boxes, paper, duct tape etc. The small amount of light passing through this pin sized hole produces image on a photographic film or a image sensor.

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      If you don’t want to get your hands dirty on creating a pinhole camera by yourself, you can use your DSLR with some modifications (replacing camera lenses with a pinhole cover). Although it takes practice and lot of trial and error method to get a perfect picture, you don’t need to worry about the focus and distortions, as there are no lenses involved. You might as well end up with some lovely motion blurred photographs.

      In this post we present beautiful and inspiring photographs created using a pinhole camera. Please notice how photographers use the camera creatively to produce quite remarkable images. At the bottom of this post you will find links to some photographers and references to related resources that will help you get you started. Also, we listed related Flickr pools that contain thousands of further examples of what can be achieved with this technique. Get inspired, folks!

      Beautiful Inspiring Pinhole Photography

      Tarquin Coates

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      Tetsuya

      The calmness of blue by Andrew Watson

      Daniel Tückmantel

      Invader by TEIKO

      Mackeson

      Danielle Hughson

      Tea Room

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      A. Wallis

      An Oceanic Ghost Forest by Danielle Hughson

      Zeb Andrews

      Mackeson

      Danielle Hughson

      Scott VanderStouw

      Tea Room

      Scott Speck

      Scott Speck

      Mackeson

      Bruno Malegue

      gonebiking

      The Iron Cycloid by Scott Speck

      Matteo Bagnoli

      The Sleeping Zebra by Scott Speck

      Sarah Knopf

      Follow The Tunes by Tim Franco

      Bill Bresler

      nhung dang

      Darren C.

      Scott Speck

      Tea Room

      Celeste Brignac

      A. Wallis

      Darren C.

      Zeb Andrews

      Kakki

      Kent Mercurio

      Mackeson

      Erik

      Zeb Andrews

      Michael C. Pastur

      mist-y

      Zeb Andrews

      Tea Room

      Always de Sun

      Remarkable Photographers

      And here is a brief overview of some remarkable pinhole photographers from Flickr. They have added a new dimension to photography: their photo streams are full of beautiful photographs.

      Zeb Andrews

      Tea Room

      Scott Speck

      Further Resources