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Worldwide Pin-Hole Photography Day

Worldwide Pin-Hole Photography Day

Written 7 years ago by Mark Evans

You may or may not know this, but today (26th April 2009) is Worldwide Pin-Hole Photography Day, so to mark this fine occasion, many enthusiasts around the world will be capturing pictures with their rudimentary home-made devices for upload to the Worldwide Pin-Hole Photography website.

What is Pin-Hole Photography?

Pin-hole photography is the most basic form of photography. It differs from conventional photography in that no lens is used, and instead a ‘pin-hole’ is used for light to project onto a piece of film inside. Pin-Hole cameras are most commonly made of every day items, such as small boxes or tins, with a very small hole poked in one side. The small aperture usually means that the f/stop of the cameras are large, requiring the use of long exposures; this coupled with the fact there is no lens creates the characteristic softness of most pin-hole camera images.

What is needed?

Many common house hold packages lend themselves well to becoming a pin-hole camera, anything from foil baking trays to Pringles tubes have been used successfully to create working cameras. Not much in the way of materials are needed, only a creative mind, and a good imagination. To find out how to make a pin-hole camera and add your pictorial efforts of Worldwide Pin-Hole Photography Day to their website check out the resources section here.

Pin-Hole Examples

Photo by refractionless

Photo by refractionless

Photo by refractionless

Photo by refractionless

Photo by Scott Speck

Photo by Scott Speck

Photo by suślik

Photo by suślik

Photo by Alicia

Photo by Alicia

Using a pinhole camera can be a fun way to get into photography, and could be a great way to keep the kids occupied for a day or two, or indeed can be a good way for present photographers to understand the smaller points of this mysterious art a little better. Either way, using a pinhole camera brings the amusement back into photography, so go build one and have some fun out there.

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