Aren't pinhole cameras fun? There's something magical about taking photos with a camera that you made yourself!
I still remember making pinhole cameras in science class. They're really pretty simple: just a box with a hole in it. The tiny hole lets you allow how and when light hits the film inside, which is how you take your picture. They operate kind of like old-timey cameras: it takes a much longer time to expose the film in a pinhole camera, so you're best off photographing things that aren't going anywhere.
Pinhole cameras aren't just a simple design; they're also easy to make from reclaimed materials! If you have a small cardboard box - like one left over from making pudding - you're on your way to having a pinhole camera. Over at Lil Blue Boo, Ashley has a great tutorial for making a super professional-looking version of that 6th grade science project! Here's what you need to make your own:
- small, reclaimed cardboard box
- roll of 35mm film
- X-acto knife (optional, but it makes it much easier!)
- old soda can
- sand paper
- miniature clothespin (you could also use
- matte black spray paint
- hole punch
- electrical tape
Ready to make your own? Get the tutorial here!
h/t: Dollar Store Crafts