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Re: pin hole camera

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 17:53:24 -0500

>I've found a page in the
>textbook about pin hole cameras. It says to make them from coffee cans
>or Christmas cookie tins. I'd like to find out more about this before
>they begin making them. Does anyone know some good photography websites
>or have any personal experience with pin hole cameras?


Check out the Pinhole Resource Online at:

The directions Numo posted on the ArtsEdNetNet describe what you need to do
to make a pinhole camera so I won't repeat that (other than to say that
there are some possible variations on what was described there.)

Pinhole cameras can be made from any sort of light-tight
container....cardboard oatmeal boxes are great for this (although I
preferred the old boxes over the new ones). I've made a number of pinhole
cameras over the years from a variety of containers (some of which I made
myself). My favorite camera is made from a film container (a pocket
camera). I've also got several multiple-hole cameras (no one said you have
to use only one pinhole) which produce interesting results.

I've used pinhole camera in the past to teach the basic principles of
cameras and photography in a Photo I class. ALthough there are some
"rules" to allow (involving focal length, pinhole size, exposure, etc.,), I
always find the best results come from just playing around with the thing.

I have a number of cameras in my pinholes are my favorite.

Have fun!


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University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
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