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Post 9: How to make a pinhole camera

Pinhole camera (noun): a simple camera in which an aperture provided by a pinhole in an opaque diaphragm is used in place of a lens.

In other words, a pinhole camera is a light-proof box with a tiny hole in the front. It’s a really simple concept and thankfully really simple to make your own. I’ve often stumbled across many different types of pinholes cameras on the internet and there are brilliant and creative designs out there (you only have to take a quick google search to see for yourself) but if you’re on a cheap budget how about making a matchbox pinhole camera?  Here are 15-steps to creating your own, tried and tested by myself. So from the very top, let’s see what you need to get started.

Matchbox pinhole camera

Matchbox pinhole camera

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Post 2: Beginners Jargon Part I

So, you’ve put down the digital camera and decided to have a go with film.  But you’re confronted by terms like aperture, f-stops and depth of field. What do these mean? Isn’t it just a simple case of point and click?

All cameras can take pictures. But if you want to take a decent photo you will first need to know how your equipment works. Using film photography also means understanding old techniques, adjusting the settings yourself to ensure you get a good shot. When I first got into film I was almost put off by the jargon as soon as I’d got started. For those of you who are pretty much as clueless as I was, I will attempt (bear with me) to explain in plain, simple terms the basic functions you need to know to get started. Here goes…

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