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PINHOLE CAMERA PHOTOS

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This page of the gallery is dedicated primarily to pinhole camera photographs, both negatives and their positives. They were taken with a simple container (an old honey container). Basically the container has a square cut out of it about 5x5cm. On the inside of the container and behind the hole, a piece of alfoil is placed about 6x6cm to cover the whole. In the middle of this piece of alfoil a small pinhole is punched in. The container is then checked to make sure no light can get in while the paper is in there. A small flap is than made and placed over the whole to act as the shutter on a conventional camera.

When the pinhole camera is ready at least one piece of photo paper is inserted into the cointainer exactly opposite the pinhole (in a darkroom) so that the light hits the paper and it become exposed. After the paper has been exposed for a desired amount of time, it is taken back into a darkroom and the paper is developed as with a usual photo.

This way of taking photos can be very much trial and error as getting the exposure right to cater for the available light and the model for the photo can be hard and hardly ever achieved on a first attempt.

At first, this way of taking photos and processing can be tedious and annoying, however, as you get used to it and you enjoy it more your photos will turn out exactly the way you had wished.

The only problem with this method is the fact that it involves more steps than that of taking a photo and developing with a SLR camera or a digital SLR camera. This is because the picture that is shown on the paper after taking the photo is actually the negative. From here you have the choice of developing the negative into a positive in the darkroom using an enlarger and the normal developing process. The second choice is to scan the negative onto a computer and digitise the photo and hence turning it into a positive using a program like Adobe Photoshop or similar.

If you would like anymore information on pinhole cameras please feel free to contact Nick through the 'Contact Us' page.

Below are a range of 7 pinhole positives taken over the last week with the pinhole camera described above.

Positives

Please note that if you wish to leave a comment for one of the photos pictured below please do so in the comment box at the bottom of this page.

All photos on this website are © Nick Hartigan 2007