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
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.
- The Ultimate Guide to Create Your Own 35mm Pinhole Camera.
- Exposure Times for Pinhole Photography
- Photography 101 – Light and the Pinhole Camera
- Turn Your DSLR into a Pinhole Camera
- DIY: Pinhole Lego Camera
- Pinhole Calculator
- Flickr Pool: Pinhole
- Flickr Pool: Pinhole Photography
- Flickr Pool: Color Pinhole Photography
- Flickr Pool: Polaroid Pinhole
- Flickr Pool: Pinhole Perspective