Become a camera maker on the super-cheap: DIY Pinhole Camera + Template

Jun 3, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Become a camera maker on the super-cheap: DIY Pinhole Camera + Template

Jun 3, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Have you suffered crushing disappointment from never realizing your dreams of becoming a camera maker? I haven’t, but, hey…it’s your story; write it any way you choose.

However, if you have always wanted to construct your own camera on the cheap, Pixel Análogo has come to your rescue. They detail (in Spanish) how to construct your own pinhole camera using trash and materials around your house, AND they provide free, downloadable templates to help you along the way.

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What you will need

  • The free template file:  CamaraEstenopeicaSprocketPinholeTPB.pdf
  • Scrap cardboard – This design seems to use something like a cereal box.  You can use the unprinted side or mix it up by showing your favorite chow or tampon brand.
  • Soda/beer can – I’m confident that little trouble will be had in procuring this.
  • Needle – Like, a sewing needle…like, what people used to repair clothing before we all just started throwing it out as soon as we lost a button.
  • Black electrical tape
  • Glue stick and liquid glue
  • Exacto knife, scissors, or the sharp object you found tucked under your spouse’s pillow (I’ve been trying to give you applications for that to save your life.  You’re welcome.)
  • An empty 35mm film canister/magazine
  • 35mm film of your choice

The instructional video, while in a foreign language to the majority of Americans, is pretty self-explanatory.  If, however, you are confused by the simple instructions (or want to pretend you’re watching a foreign film), you can enable subtitles and change the translation settings to English (or your personal language of choice).

https://youtu.be/TMnHRVdWwx4

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So, cheer up your melancholy heart, and give it a try…the worst you could do is fail and suffer from another crushing disappointment!

[DIY Pinhole Camera | Pixel Análogo]

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Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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2 responses to “Become a camera maker on the super-cheap: DIY Pinhole Camera + Template”

  1. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    Why not more posts like these. Much more interesting that f-you posts.

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      thanks ext, we try to have a mix….