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.