Have you ever wondered what the world will look like in 1000 years? Conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats has decided to capture it on camera. He has created a public art project that will capture the environmental change in the Lake Tahoe Basin over the course of one millennium. And for this, he is using a photographic approach based on the traditional pinhole camera.
Pinhole cameras are about as old as photography gets. They’re such a simple and basic concept that’s withstood the test of time and are still very popular today. While many modern photographers opt to get a pinhole body cap for their DSLR or mirrorless, it’s easy enough to make your own. In fact, there are many different ways to make one.
I’ve been following YouTuber Joe Van Cleave for a while now. And in between the typewriter and office supply videos, he puts out some great analogue photography content. Some of it covers photographic technique, sometimes it’s a new camera he’s just bought, and occasionally it’s something he’s built himself. And that’s what he’s done here, with these medium format PVC pipe pinhole cameras.
World Pinhole Day is coming up on April 29th. So, if you’ve been thinking about taking part, and want to do it digitally, but aren’t sure how then this one’s for you. Brought to us by Matt Coakley at Blue Mantle Films, this video walks us through the process from start to finish. It’s a very simple process, and the whole video’s only a minute and a half long. Easy to do, and costs pretty much nothing.
I’ve seen some stylish and unusual pinhole cameras over the years. But today, I stumbled upon the most unusual and gorgeous series of pinhole cameras so far. Steve Irvine is an artist passionate about photography and pottery. He has brought his two passions together, and he’s making pinhole cameras out of clay.
He makes each camera from scratch and decorates it so it looks like a tiny robot, a monster or a tree. His imagination is vivid and his skill is great. And on top of all – each one of his gorgeous cameras is fully operational.
Last Sunday (30th April) was ‘World Pinhole Day’. So I decided early on that my photo story this week would be about pinhole photography.
Initially, I’d planned to take and show some pinhole photographs. But as I played with the idea, I realised that the more interesting story was about the making of the pinhole camera.
So think of this as a DIY Photography story.
Digital photography created a wonderful new world of opportunities but it also changed the way we photograph, instilling in us a lot of bad habits.
One of the worst effects of digital photography is to make us shoot too much and post process even more. It’s kind of strange, even with a strong film background, when we use digital we forget to have a slow approach to our subjects.
When you’re a teacher, all the knowledge you have is not of too much use if you’re not creative. Mark Zimmerman, an associate professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, is exactly the kind of teacher I admire. In order to explain to his students how a pinhole camera works, he didn’t just bring one to the class. He went a step further and turned the entire classroom into a camera obscura.
Using the term “potato” to describe what we feel are inadequate devices is commonplace. My wife refers to her computer as a potato, because it’s pretty old and getting kinda slow. Many consider some of the original DSLRs of a little over a decade ago to be potatoes by today’s standards. For Australian photographer Colin Lowe, it’s not just a metaphor.
Colin actually built a pinhole camera out of a potato. Best of all, he did it to win a bet! We’ve seen some pretty cool pinhole cameras made from a variety of materials, but this is one of the most unusual I’ve ever come across. This isn’t the first pinhole camera that Colin’s made, and we wanted to find out more. So, DIYP got in touch with Colin to have a chat.
Slit scan cameras are quite a unique breed. Rather then exposing a complete frame with every shutter click, they expose a small slit and advance the film while exposing.
You know whats cool about that, you can create very long photos, as long as your subject is moving in a predictable speed. (which will correlate the speed in which you advance the film)
Take this DIY slit-scan medium format camera from Hugo Cardoso. It was built on the remains of an old hand-drill, some plywood and some scraps.
The drill’s motor is used to advance the film, and a box keeps the light away. Quite a simple build. The results, however, are quite unique.