So, I'm starting this new year with the first post of my new project; making a pinhole camera. So what is a pinhole camera, what’s even a camera? Taking away all the stuff like megapixels, LCD screens, face recognition and full auto mode a camera is simply an empty light tight box with a hole on one side. What gets it through the hole projects on to the counter side inside the box (illustration). To preserve the image projection you need a light sensitive material, for example photographic film, or treated paper or glass.
Now I've been sketching on how my camera is going to look and have for properties. I'm probably going to use a 15mm thick piece of oak. The pinhole camera is made for using 4x5" film and holder. That’s going to give me big negatives, in digital world is around 200 megapixels! The focal length I’ve chosen is 133mm, that’s about 40mm on a full frame DSLR. If I’m satisfied with the construction I’m also going to build a wide-angle camera.
I have some ideas about what I want to photograph with the camera. Because of some technical issues on a pinhole camera it’s necessary to use long exposures, 1-10min. Therefore my objects have to be very still, so I mainly going to photograph landscapes and buildings. I have two projects/ideas/visions going through my mind, one showing the archipelago sights and one about how I see Gothenburg, the harbor, old streets, fortresses etc.
I’m maybe even making some video tutorials about how to build the pinhole camera and how it works, this is not a promise though. Take care and enjoy 2014!