What is Pinhole Photography ?
Pinhole photography¬†is simply a camera without a lens, in its simplistic design, a pinhole camera can often be made with many readily available items from the home. Popular items include shoe boxes, fizzy drinks cans, match boxes etc.
Pinhole cameras will have a single small aperture; this is known as the¬†pinhole¬†‚Äď effectively all it is, is a light-proof box or container with a small hole on one side which is made by piercing a hole with a pin.
To get an image, light needs to pass through the pinhole to project an inverted image to the opposite side of the box onto a piece of film or photographic paper.
Although pinhole photography is a very basic form of photography, there have been some great advances in pinhole cameras to enable ease of use and fairly accurate exposures. A selection of pinhole cameras include:
Harman Titan Pinhole Camera
The HARMAN TITAN PINHOLE CAMERA has been designed in conjunction with, and manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras who are well known for their range of Titan large format film cameras. The body is made from injection moulded ABS, finished with a very durable non-slip coating. All fittings are made from stainless steel. This combination of materials makes the camera exceptionally robust to withstand extreme natural elements, and rough handling.
The camera is available in both 5×4 and 10×8, please note: film holders are not included. Photographic film or paper (purchased separately) can be used in the holders, both cameras feature tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and an accessory mount.
The 5×4‚ÄĚ model comes with a 72mm wide-angle cone, which is interchangeable for¬†110mm and 150mm focal lengths (available as optional extras).¬†Blank pinhole holders¬†are available for those who would like to use their own pinholes.
The 10×8‚ÄĚ model comes with a 150mm pinhole cone. The camera has a chemically etched 0.52mm diameter and a fixed aperture of f288 and a 94.7 degree angle of view; both cameras also come with a self assembly pinhole exposure calculator.
The¬†Obscura by Ilford
Following from the success of the Harman¬†Titan Pinhole Camera, Ilford have come up with a lower cost, but high quality¬†pinhole camera.
It uses expanded PVC as the main component and magnets to operate the closing system as well as the ‘shutter’. The pinhole itself is laser cut, giving superior quality images when exposed. The image is exposed at the rear of the camera without the need for a dark slide.
It features an 87mm focal length, with a rotating ability for left or right hand use, a 0.3mm chemical etched pinhole, a tripod converter bush and it holds paper in position for a white border.
The camera also comes with an exposure calculator,¬†10 sheets¬†of 5″x4″ Delta 100¬†film & 20 sheets 5″x4″ Ilford Mutligrade¬†RC paper and instructions.
Zero Image Pinhole Cameras
Zero Image is a Hong Kong based company, producing a range of beautifully designed and finished pinhole cameras in a variety of formats. All the cameras are made with exceptional attention to detail in selected high-quality teak wood. More than 15 layers of coating are applied by hand to each camera to ensure maximum protection of the wood. The metal parts are hand-turned, solid brass. A coating is applied to all of the brass parts to prevent them from oxidizing. All are gloss varnished with brass fittings, and supplied with a certificate showing edition number.
Brass shim of 0.001″ is used for pinhole construction, making the pinhole conform to a more accurate film stop number and yield sharper images.
Every camera has its serial number etched on a beautiful brass plate, complete with a signed certificate of authenticity for its original design.
All cameras are accompanied with an instruction manual, including detailed illustrations.
The range begins with the 35mm models and extends through various medium format version to the largest format at 5×4‚ÄĚ.
The most exciting are the 120 medium formats which offer versions from 6×4.5cm to 6x12cm.
The 35mm camera is also dual format, either standard 23x35mm, or panoramic 23x45mm.
All cameras are supplied with an ingenious exposure dial, which can be used to calculate exposure times using a reading from an exposure meter or camera readout. Cameras are supplied with both pinhole and zone plate. All cameras are fitted with brass tripod bushes.