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 photography has had an interesting life. It started off as the most basic fundamental way to capture an image. Despite becoming “obsolete” as lens technology developed, it’s still one of the first types of camera often taught to kids learning photography. They make their own from scratch and then go out and shoot with it. It’s photography at its most simple.
In the digital age, pinhole photography has started to make something of a comeback. Some make their own pinholes, while others buy modified DSLR body caps online. The Thingyfy Pinhole Pro, though, really takes pinhole photographer to the extreme. What makes it unique, and pretty cool, is that it features a variable aperture, with pinhole sizes ranging from 0.1 to 0.8mm in diameter.
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.
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.
Ever wondered how your flash tube looks like when it actually fires? It looks like a space station. And not those hi-tech preppy stations too. It looks like what our great, great grandparents would have build for a space station.
Photographer Hal Harrison took this to the test. Shooting a strobe tube is actually not an easy task. You want to keep maximal Depth of Field, but in the same time you need to get lots of light, nail focus and deal with every aspect of macro photography.
Over the years, we’ve shared more than a handful of tutorials on how to make your very own pinhole camera. What we haven’t shared is how to make the actual pinhole itself. You know, the most vital part to actually capturing the image.
We’ve all seen photos from the early days of photography, and we all know how far imaging technology has come over the years, but how did we go from long-exposure self-portraits to instant selfies?
Using one model and a whole lot of Photoshop, Leo recreated eleven essential milestones in photographic history.
We’ve seen our fair share of interesting pinhole cameras, but in terms of cleverness, this one is going to be hard to beat. That’s because, it’s just as much a book as it is a camera.
It’s a creation of artist Kelli Anderson, called This Book is a Camera. As the name of the book suggests, it’s a pop up book that turns into a functioning pinhole camera when you open it up.[Read More…]
Kotama Bouabane, a photographer and artist in residence at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, had the idea to make a camera out of a coconut shell to see what kind of photos he couldget. To do so, Bouabane poked a hole through one of the coconut’s “eyes”, cut it in half, then drained and removed the coconut meat. To expose a photo, he simply slides a piece of photographic paper between the two halves and opens the “eye” hole to let in light. (Bouabane even saves the coconut water to put into his chemical baths when he’s developing the images.)[Read More…]