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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 8: Finding the right film

By now you’re probably thinking once you’ve got sussed out your camera the hard bit is over; you can just grab a film, load it up and off you go. However, you might want to think again. The broad assortment of film in Express Imaging, City Road, is enough to show you need to make sure you’re using one that is not only compatible with your camera but one that is going to suit your type of photography and will produce the best image in your shooting conditions. 

Kodak fims

Rolls of film

There are three main types of film but to break it down for you I’m just going to focus on the most familiar type for now – colour negative film, also known as C-41. This comes in 35mm, 120, 126, 127 and 110 film.  Colour negative is made up of three layers of emulsion which are individually sensitive to different colours; the top layer is blue, then green, then red.  Once you’ve snapped your shot, your image is developed on an orangey-brown negative.

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Post 7: And then there was Fisheye colour

To shoot in black and white, or to shoot in colour? It may seem like a simple question but depending on which film you choose you can create an entirely photo.

Following on from my last post I thought I’d share some of my other Fisheye photos but this time these are in colour. I’d shot a couple of black and white rolls so thought I’d have a change and give colour film a go. I’m still undecided as to which I prefer. The quality of these images are by no means perfect. Photographing colour seems to highlight the lack of sharpness, and some are off-centered. But then again I wasn’t expecting quality photos considering the camera I was using. Despite this, there’s still something about them which I like. The colours are striking and I think colour photography especially suits summer shots as it captures vibrancy. What do you think?

Treetop

Treetop

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Feature Post: Beginners Guide to purchasing a film camera in Cardiff

So you may have read up on the pros of film photography and you’re getting to grips with the jargon. But you’re still missing the most important piece of kit you’ll need as a film photographer– the camera itself.

Now, Christmas is quickly creeping up on us all and what better way to spend your kindly received dosh. Yet as a newbie to film photography you’re confronted by two issues; where can you buy a film camera in Cardiff city-centre, and what features do you need to look out  for?

I was surprised to find that there are very few film camera shops in Cardiff centre. Those that do exist are also hugely varied in price range and sell very different camera types. In this current economic climate most of us are constrained by cash, especially after the Christmas squeeze, so you’ll want to know what type of camera you can get for your money. I sent out a Twtpoll to figure out how much people are prepared to spend on a film camera. From 32 votes the results are as follows:

How much would you spend on purchasing a film camera?

How much would you spend on purchasing a film camera?

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Post 5: A new purchase at the Pumping Station

I’ve added another camera to my growing (albeit still small) collection; a 1960s Kodak Brownie Vecta camera to be precise. Stumbling upon the purchase of this old camera was like stepping back in time, in more ways than one.

If I suggested taking a trip to the Pumping Station in Cardiff you’d probably be quick to make up an excuse, thinking it was some sort of rather old and boring water or petrol depot. Well, you wouldn’t be far wrong as it used to be a Victorian sewerage works. However the grade II listed building on Penarth Road is today home to an antiques memorabilia warehouse where you will stumble upon a treasure trove of old clothing and jewellery, books, china, clocks, collectable toys and decorative arts. And then there are cameras.

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Post 3: Beginners Jargon Part II

Firstly, thumbs up to you if you’re reading this as it means my Part I post on beginners jargon didn’t scare you off completely. That’s always a good start.

Secondly, this hopefully means you’re pretty determined to get the fundamentals of film photography under your belt. Well good news; there are only a few more basic terms you need to know.

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Post 1: Why shoot film?

Why choose to shoot film when using a digital camera is so easy and precise, I hear you ask? Well, there are many reasons.

Yes loading film can be pernickety. The cameras are usually pretty bulky. You may even lose a few photos by forgetting the basics like shooting with a flash indoors. But I still think it can be said that the pros far outweigh the cons.

My analog Olympus OM-10

Firstly, film can be way more exciting. Digital cameras and infinite memory cards mean that we are all guilty of taking endless snaps of practically the same picture. You can end up with dozens of similar looking photos, deleted without a second thought, or uploaded onto a hard drive and then never printed off. This can often make photography seem rather dull. Instead, when shooting film there is an uncertainty of how your photos will turn out. Even when you’ve reached the end of your film it can be difficult to remember what photos you snapped in the first place, making it so much more exciting when you collect your photos from the printers. Sure, not all of them will have turned out well, but this only makes more reason to ensure your next exposures are saved for worthwhile shots.

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