Why a cardboard pinhole camera isn’t just for eclipses, but also some striking photographic effects
Brighton Pavilion: photographed with a pinhole camera by Neil Lang (via Shutterstock).
On the banks of the Peak Forest Canal, where Romiley Board Mill are based, there is a lot of scope for photographic subjects. Whether you choose to photograph the wildlife or narrowboats, there is enough to tempt the photographer. Instead of using your digital camera (or a standard film camera), why not take a cardboard pinhole camera with you?
With a pinhole camera, you expose the pinhole lens for a few seconds (or minutes, depending on conditions). Then, after a period of exposure, you cover the lens. This could be good for scenic shots. You can buy plastic pinhole cameras, but a cardboard pinhole camera may be a cheaper option. Here’s a few ideas.
Make your own cardboard pinhole camera from scratch
The WikiHow website has a useful guide to building a cardboard pinhole camera. Their design resembles the Kodak Brownie Box cameras. There is also useful information on how to load photographic paper into your newly constructed camera.
On the Forbes website, we see how an Amazon box can assume a similar purpose. This time, there is no need to paint the box black, as with the previous tutorial.
A cardboard pinhole camera from a Pringles tube
We know how much of a pain in the proverbials how recycling Pringles tubes can be. This hasn’t escaped the attention of the Exploratorium website.
A pinhole camera that takes film
So long as you don’t mind exposing the sprockets of your 35mm film, Raymundo Panduro of Pixel Análogo has created one. This one has a 25mm focal length and an aperture of f/119.
Taking the easy way out
If you don’t fancy making a cardboard pinhole camera from scratch, you can buy a kit. These include the Sharan (which resembles a SLR). the Viddy (a box camera in cardboard form), and the Videre (which resembles a TLR).