Monday, July 1, 2013


Why would you spend a lot of money on a camera when you can make one at home AND at the same time participate in a centuries old tradition of image making? That right: You're able to make your own pinhole camera, also known as camera obscura.

What's Pinhole?
Pinhole photography is like any other kind of photography. The difference is that instead of using a lens, a very small hole is used to project the image on the film or other light sensitive material. The pinhole camera is the concept that made modern-day photography possible. 

basic geometry of a pinhole camera

What kind of materials should I use? 
Pinhole cameras can look like any kind of camera, but because no lens is involved, they can be made out of oatmeal boxes, paper, scrap wood or other household items. Pinhole photography isn't limited to a certain kind of subject, although some are easier to shoot than others. 

Below this amazing tutorial on how to make your own pinhole camera:

Got inspired? 
There's more! Not only can you make your own pinhole camera, you can also transform your own bedroom into a big walk-in camera. How cool is that?