How to get pinhole photos from your digital camera

We’ve talked about pinhole cameras before here….if you recall, I showed you my way of making one with an empty 35mm film cartridge?

Well, as we’re being bombarded with so many digicams all around us, here’s a nice idea to temporarily convert your digicam into one which will take beautifully authentic pinhole shots.

All you need is a digicam of the SLR type, which had interchangeable lenses, much like the classic film cameras we use. Then you will need black card, a sharp pin, black tape and scissors.

Of course, the biggest bugbear of cameras, whether they be film or digital, is dust ingress. And dust in a digicam can reek absolute havoc if it is in or around the vicinity of the film sensor….with a film camera, you can get away with quite dusty cameras, as they don’t have super-sensitive digital sensor, but with a digicam, you’re toast!

Anyways, so in order to prevent this dust enigma, the way I did it was to leave the lens in place on my camera, but instead drilled a 0.5cm hole in the plastic lens cap, then taped the black card with the pinhole over this hole.

This way, you are using the camera without any modification whatsoever, except for fitting the card to the lens cap!

And the results are very good too. Here are some from the web for you…

PS…..I found that the results with a hole made in black card come out with a fuzzy edge, which is caused by the roughness of the hole in the card….that’s shown as in this photo below:

Many people prefer this rough finish at the edges for their shots, as it adds an extra dimension to the result, but if you feel you want a cleaner edge to your photos, instead of taping the black card with hole on it to your camera, use aluminum cooking foil, with a nice clean hole in it instead.





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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to How to get pinhole photos from your digital camera

  1. Oh my goodness these are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing this with me- I’m so going to give it a spin. I’ll let you know what the results are! Thanks a mill- you rock! :0)

    • hi babe! long time no speaky! yeah…its a very simple way of doing it…altho ive just found out some more important things you may like to know before trying it? im posting that on there now…tnks for droping in babe and hope life is gud for u?

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