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« on: March 28, 2010 03:05:54 PM »

Hello to all the photographers out there!
April 25 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and I'm wondering if anyone would like to do a photo-along in celebration.
I know it's still almost a month away but I figure for those of us that don't already have pinhole cameras, we'll need to make them.

This website http://www.pinholeday.org/ is all about WPPD and has great links to different pinhole camera building instructions.
There is also this thread by Lufah about making a matchbox pinhole camera https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240778.0.

So, who wants to make a pinhole camera and take some pictures?

« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010 04:34:56 PM »

No one, huh? Oh well. I'm still going to do it and I'll post my results if anyone wants to see them.

« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010 11:39:28 AM »

I'm going to try! I'll see if I can construct a proper pinhole camera before then. I've been wanting to make another one since I made an oatmeal can pinhole in photography class.

If not, I hope I still have my pinhole lens that fits over a normal camera. I might see how that works with my digital. Will that do for a photo-along?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010 11:41:42 AM »

Sure! Though I would definitely try the paper one since that's more true to the pinhole camera idea, but whatever works for you sounds good to me!

I'm going to try making a matchbox one.

So yay! now there are 2 of us!

« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010 12:13:58 PM »

My goal is to make the matchbook one. I just need to get the spent film canisters. I wonder if the Walgreen's photo places still get film drop offs? If not, I'll have to go to this one camera place that's a bit of a drive. I really want to make that one though.

Are you going black and white or color?

If I don't find the plastic ring binders lying around, then I'll probably make the clicker out of the aluminum can (read that in yet another PDF on pinhole camera making).

*is getting excited about this!*
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010 12:46:13 PM »

that PDF one was good, I read it too!
I think I'm going to do black and white. I took photo classes in high school and did black and white and worked in the darkroom and I miss it! this would be a little like being back there.

« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010 12:57:08 PM »

Same here - I did photography in high school and loved black and white film. I'll do black and white if I can pick up a roll somewhere. I haven't looked at film in a while. I hope Walgreen's has it or I'll really be tempted to make a trip out to the camera shop. Not that it would be a bad thing - I'll just want more things if I go there. 

*misses the smell of developer and fixer and yelling at people not to open the door*
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010 12:59:30 PM »

hahah, those were the day!
I haven't looked at film in a while either. I got a digital SLR so I use that most of the time, but I still love my film cameras!

« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2010 03:05:20 PM »

Oh, do you know what you started? Now I'm looking at all these pinhole cameras and toy cameras again. I really do love film still.

Anyway, I have decided I am definitely going for the matchbox pinhole. Are you making it 24mm x 24mm or 32mm x 24mm? I think I'm going with the larger one, only because it might be easier to get it printed around here. Square would be neat though.

Have you started yet?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010 03:42:41 PM »

hehehe it's fun isn't it?

I haven't start yet, I wanted to make a practice one but I guess I'm running out of time...

I think I'm going to make the rectangular one for ease of printing as well, though you're right, square would be fun.

I plan to go sometime this week to pick up a matchbox and some film, have you started yet?

« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2010 08:33:04 PM »

I have everything I need except for fresh film and an empty film canister, and I know I have black tape - if I can just find it. I have expired film here somewhere - that can sometimes work for a cool effect. At worst, if I have two rolls of expired film, I might sacrifice one to be the take-up spool.

Looks like I'm not going to have the plastic ring binder either - we're going aluminum.

I'm going to start making the matchbox part of it tomorrow. I wonder how re-usable the matchbox part is? I assume you can keep cutting the film out and then possibly re-use the camera if you can still slide the inner box out.
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2010 05:51:11 PM »

ok, I was totally freaking out tonight because I thought WPPD was tomorrow and I'm not done making my pinhole camera. but then I looked and it's not until the 25th, phew!

Have you started/finished yours yet? I got the box mostly put together now I just need to put the film in and seal it up. I'm getting excited! I also found a stash of old expired film. so I think on WPPD I'm going to put film in all my cameras (I have 2 slrs, an old point-and-shoot, an 8 lens lomo, and now a pinhole camera) and go out to a pretty park and spend the whole day taking pictures. AHH! I'm getting very excited!

« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010 10:17:14 PM »

My matchbox pinhole is done and ready to shoot tomorrow! My only issue is that it's going to rain. That and I forgot the camera was already loaded and played with the shutter. Go me - multiple exposures of the ceiling indoors at night. >.>

I'm glad yours is getting there (and probably done by now!).  I'll check back with you again. Maybe I can get some cool night photos with long exposures.

*is hoping her pinhole isn't too small*

Oh yeah, the hardest part was getting the soda tab into the take up canister. Had to use a picture hanger. That seems to be holding.
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2010 05:17:29 AM »

Happy Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day!

My matchbox pinhole is done, too! I didn't make a winder, I probably should have.

The pinhole has to be teeny-tiny or it lets in too much light. I did what they recommended and pushed a sewing needle through the center of the pop-can square, so I'm hoping that will work.

I'm a little concerned about getting it developed. The only places that develop film around here anymore are Walmart and CVS and I'm not sure they'll be extra careful with the weird spacing.  So here's hoping!

That's too bad that it's going to rain! Maybe there will be a break in the rain and you can get out and take some quick shots. Good luck!

« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2010 04:12:03 PM »

Back from shooting in the rain and also - from Walgreens! The clerk was pretty understanding when I told her it was "experimental" and please print whatever looks like there might have been an image on it. I'm just sort of stoked that images came out! All in all, I got 22 frames from my roll of 24. Not too shabby.

Now I'll have to work on things like not getting my fingers in the shot and curb my tendency to bend down and try to look through the camera. >.>

I will be posing some of mine here soon.

Hope you had a great day shooting! That was fun - I am tweaking the camera a bit and definitely doing it again.
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010 04:21:07 PM »

I did go out (in the rain here too) and shoot some pictures, but I didn't finish the roll. So I'm going to take it out on my lunchbreak tomorrow and find some flowers to shoot and then I'll drop it off at CVS tomorrow. Hopefully I will have gotten something, too!
Can't wait to see what you got!

« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2010 04:37:28 PM »

so I was finally able to drop my film off for processing the other day and when I went to pick it up they said the film was blank. either too much light or not enough, don't know which but I got nothing... Sad
did you get a chance to scan your photos?

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