Many books and tutorials suggest that pinhole photography is the first thing to try when you seriously begin to show interest in photography. It’s hard not to agree. Pinhole photography is one of the first and most basic forms of photography. Understanding it is a key to perfecting many advanced photography techniques. But the most important thing you can learn from it is how to become patient and not to give up. But this knowledge is sometimes insanely expensive to achieve. Developing (and buying) film is not cheap, and taking only a few properly exposed pinhole images can take two or three film rolls. Painful – especially for your wallet.
Wow, is it December already? Another year went by so quickly, it’s almost unreal. In retrospective, 2013 was a great year for The Phoblographer. We saw a couple of great new additions to our staff, while unfortunately we had to let go of others. But first and foremost, we saw our visitor numbers on the site as well as our facebook following grow exponentially, and for that we’re super thankful to you, our readers. Because without you, this site wouldn’t be what it is. And without you, what we do here at The Phoblographer wouldn’t have any meaning. So let’s take a look back at our ten most popular posts of 2013, which were in part responsible for our great visitor numbers this year. And if you haven’t already read them all, then we recommend you grab a cup of coffe, lean back, and enjoy!
Holy lion of Zion, have you seen this? It’s the world’s largest pinhole photograph, and it’s literally as large as an airplane hangar. And that’s because it was taken inside an airplane hangar. Yes, that’s true. The people that created it converted an abandoned F-18 jet fighter hangar into one ginormous pinhole camera by hanging a cloth of photosensitive material from its ceiling, drilling a hole less than 1/4″ into the front and letting time and photons do the rest.
The project was executed in 2006, and The Great Picture first went on public display in 2007. But before they could actually do it, they’d have to go through long negotiations with authorities. In the end, they were rewarded for their efforts not only with the world’s largest pinhole picture, but also with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. You can find the whole story over at Alternative Photography.
Upon perusing the FilmWasters forum, we stumbled on this pretty darn cool pinhole camera made by Damien Zialoszynski. It’s a 4×5 4×5 pinhole camera with the front section being made from an old cover from a kodak developing tank. The back section is made from scrap wood while a cardboard box comprises most of the rest of the camera. Damien used a 72mm Walker lens from Harman Pinhole Camera with a pinhole diameter of 0.35 and an of aperture f: 206.
Pinhole cameras are being made by loads of manufacturers, but a new Kickstarter called Ondu is trying to not only pitch them as cool with its classy music in the video, but also trying to create something that will last. They’re stating that the cameras are made from wood local to Slovenia and that there are oils that area rubbed on to promote longevity. The video also shows the process of making the cameras which also involves the use of strong magnets. Magnets are used to close the back cover to keep the film inside and from being accidentally exposed, and they are also used in the winders. The only screw on the cameras is for the shutter: to open and close the pinhole.
The cameras are going to come in 35mm formats and up to 4×5–the latter is often what delivers some of the best pinhole images. The company is looking to source $10,000 to pay for equipment, resources, and pinholes that need to be purchased in bulk to make them financially reasonable. And we believe that they might just do it.
I’m sure that when that question is being asked of you by a Canadian Constable that anyone would sit there and try to explain it as carefully as they possibly could to someone who isn’t technically savvy. Unfortunately, that is what happens when a major tragedy happens and the world is on high alert. However, Police in the Ivey Park region of Ontario, Canada were tipped off to a suspicious package in a park. Then (this is the awesome part) an explosives team arrived to try to figure out what the problem was. Later on, they concluded that it was a Pinhole Camera.
This was only bound to happen. For everyone reading this that doesn’t know what a pinhole camera is: it is a usually homemade camera with a piece of film inside and an extremely small opening for light to leak onto the film for the exposure. The camera may need to be left in place for anywhere from seconds to months depending on how sensitive to light the film is. The results are often extremely creative and artistic looks. Two of my favorites are Matt Hill and Gabe Biderman. However, Matt Bigwood was recently featured here on this site for his months long beer can pin hole camera experiments. And to that end, Pinhole Cameras are sometimes made of Spam Cans, Shoeboxes, and come in proper manufacturer flavors like an 8×10, and an Obscura.