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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Great class and such a simple and easy way to make your own camera!

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Graphic Design & Photography

We are Dominic & Evgeniya Righini-Brand, a creative couple specialising in graphic design and photography. Our small studio Attitude Creative is run from a cute garden house hidden away in the middle of England.

We have 5 years of university teaching experience each, and we would love to share with you what we are passionate about and what we have learnt from teaching communication design and photography students over the years.

For more information about our graphic design side please visit attitudecreative.co.uk and to see what we are up to day to day check us out on Facebook and Instagram. You can also have a look at our photographic portolio at 1705photography.com.