Pinhole Photography: from Matchbox to Working Camera

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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15 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction & Overview

      0:51
    • How Does Pinhole Photography Work

      1:12
    • Pinhole Camera Optics

      2:18
    • Example Pinhole Cameras

      1:37
    • Tools & Materials

      2:07
    • Making the Camera: Body

      1:30
    • Making the Camera: Pinhole

      2:15
    • Making the Camera: Shutter

      0:53
    • Making the Camera: Clicker

      1:04
    • Loading the Camera

      1:53
    • Adding Winder

      1:17
    • Using the Camera

      1:41
    • Unloading the Film

      0:51
    • Next Steps

      1:29
    • Conclusion

      1:23

About This Class

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You don’t need to buy a camera to take a photograph! A camera is a box with a hole in it, and you can build your own camera using a 35mm film, recycled materials and everyday household objects. 

I am Dominic Righini-Brand, I am a professional photographer and I have been experimenting with making my own pinhole cameras since I was a student. In this class we’ll be exploring how cameras work and I’ll be showing you how to build a 35 mm matchbox pinhole camera.

Creating your own camera is a really fun and exciting process, and pinhole cameras are a great way to get into photography and learn how cameras work. This class is suitable for beginners, photography students, professionals and anyone interested in photography.

I cannot wait to see your pinhole cameras and the photographs you take with them! Join in and let’s experiment!

In this class you will learn:

  • how pinhole cameras and rudimentary optics work;
  • how to calculate pinhole size, aperture and image size;
  • how to design and build your own 35 mm pinhole camera;
  • how to load, lightproof and use your pinhole camera.

Resources:

Crazy Camera — Research & Inspiration board on Pinterest

Photography Glossary — Glossary of Photographic Terms

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