May 1, 2007

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Filed under: art,photography,tacoma — sparkrobot @ 9:23 pm

beached brieflySunday, April 29th was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. A pinhole camera is essentially a camera in it’s very simplest form. There is no lens. Just a tiny hole to let light pass through an improvised camera body to film. I set out over the weekend just past and created my first set of pinhole images. I could tell you I knew exactly what I was doing, but I would be lying to you. I ended up putting expired Kodak Gold 400 in a Zero Image 135 I picked up from Freestyle. I sometimes used the light meter on my Nikon to calculate approximate exposure times for the pinhole. Mostly, I guessed.

Lo-fi from the gate, here are some of the photos: needle drop, forest, forest light leak, beached briefly, dash point, the vet, abandoned, cherries, sky light, the old girl, & thai. (Once the gallery is open, you can click on the right or left side of each image to move back and forward between the images.) Thanks for looking.


  1. Those are some pretty tight shots. I think I read a method for doing some pinhole stuff with my Canon so I might have to give it a shot sometime.

    P.S. – Nice use of the old Lightbox.

    Comment by KevinFreitas — May 2, 2007 @ 6:36 am

  2. Hey thanks Kevin. I’m a fan of the lightbox presentation also.

    You can get a pinhole cap for your digital Canon. I have not tried this, but I imagine—as with all digital cameras—one could expect more perfect predicatable results. Pinhole cameras can be made from just about anything. Empty oatmeal packaging, an Altoids tin, your mouth… check out Paul Beard’s cigar box pinhole. Those wicked light streaks just wouldn’t happen with a digital camera so methinks the film is where it’s at.

    Comment by sparkrobot — May 2, 2007 @ 8:22 am

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