Pinhole Techniques

by Stephanie June. 05, 2017 847 views
  • Today I decided to revisit some experiments I'd first tried a couple of years back using my camera body with just a lens cap to replicate the pinhole techniques of early photographers. First I purchased a new body cap (about £2) or you may be able to pick one up secondhand. I drilled a small hole in the centre with my husband's smallest drill bit. Inside and covering this hole, I taped silver foil, and made the smallest pinprick of a hole through both foil, tape and lens cover. Now I was ready to start taking photos! Setting my camera on a tripod, I turned all settings to 'manual' —note: the camera reads f stop error as there is no lens!—

Point the camera in roughly the right direction, take a shot with a release cable, calculating exposure for the prevailing light levels. Adjust subsequently for longer or shorter exposures as necessary. Using the body of a DSLR allows image to be saved to SDHC card and uploaded via your normal software.

patio set with red geraniums-there appears to be a mark in bottom left corner- possibly some tape is encroaching on the image - I'll have to check before using again...

patio set with red geraniums-there appears to be a mark in bottom left corner- possibly some tape is encroaching on the image - I'll have to check before using again...

Bird bath

Bird bath

Johnson's Blue geranium

Johnson's Blue geranium

Small red Acer tree

Small red Acer tree

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

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