A Giant Portable Camera Obscura Is Setting Up in Seoul Soon

If you’re in Seoul in the coming days, keep an eye out for this giant camera obscura project setting up soon!

We’ve seen a fair number of cool camera obscura projects in the past, and we’re glad to add one more to the list. Seoul-based Justin Lovett recently decided to build a giant, portable camera obscura using a tent and some blackout curtain fabric. Projects like this are fun ways to learn about photography and how a camera works in its simplest form, so if you’re curious about how you can build one yourself, you might get some ideas from the videos documenting this project! If you’ll be in the South Korean capital in the coming days as well, you may even see this tent-camera in action!

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Brendan Barry Transformed a Skyscraper Space Into a Camera Obscura

Brendan Barry converting the entire 46th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper into a camera obscura was the highlight of the Skyscraper Camera Project.

From May 10 to 16, Brendan Barry transformed the 46th floor of Manhattan’s iconic 101 Park Avenue into a creative photographic space. Dubbed the Skyscraper Camera Project, the site-specific installation comprised of a camera obscura, a darkroom, and a temporary art installation. The UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker also photographed some pedestrians on the building’s plaza using a camera built from a scale model replica of 101 Park Avenue.

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Ross den Otter Takes Stunning Portraits with a Camera Obscura

All images by Ross den Otter. Used with permission. 

Inspired by the painters during the Renaissance period, Ross den Otter built his own camera obscura which he needed to literally walk into and be inside the camera box to take pictures. He has created a series of stunning portrait photographs with this process.

Camera obscura technically was a 16th century camera used mainly by painters to accurately reproduce perspective. Only the wealthy at that time could afford expensive paintings of themselves. Motivated by using this 400 years old photo technology in a modern setting, Ross den Otter constructed a life sized obscura camera, roughly the size of a walk in closet at 4 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet dimension. Ross shared some interesting facts about this project utilizing a 19th century Fox-Talbot paper negative process, several 20th century electronic flashes, a World War II era aerial reconnaissance lens, a scanner from the 21st century, and finally, digital post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

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Witness the Rebirth of the Camera Obscura in This New Kickstarter


Meet the revival of the camera obscura, which we hope as photographers you already know is the great-grandfather of cameras. It’s a beautiful maple (or walnut) hardwood-built 6-inch-cubed 33-oz goodness that features a spherical 38mm glass lens and a 5-square-inch ground viewing glass.

Now meet its revivalist, Les Cookson of Lincoln, CA. He’s been building camera obscuras, camera lucidas, and zoetropes for different individuals and institutions for several years now. Last year, he has successfully raised the funds for his zoetrope-revival project. Today, he is asking for our help once again.

He and Ken Higginson just started a Kickstarter project together to help fund the resurrection of the camera obscura for use in the general public – in art, in photography, in cinematography, or if you prefer, in home décor. And they’re offering more than Thank You postcards, bracelets from some obscure Tibetan town, or a measly discount for the products in exchange for your support. For pledges starting at $59, you guys will get either your very own camera obscura or its DIY kit (basically made from the same materials, just unassembled) version, plus a few extras depending on how much you’re pledging.

They’ve just made their pledge goal but you’ve still got 6 days left if you’re interested owning one of these wooden babies. Cookson promises quality materials and professional woodworking on every single one of the units they produce and he comes with the National Gallery of Art’s seal of approval (he built 30 camera obscuras for them for their Johannes Vermeer workshop) so we think this project is promising. Why don’t you go check out the details for yourself on their Kickstarter page?

Via Photography Blog

Quick Apple iPhone Camera App Review: Obscura

The Obscura app for iOS is a fun camera tool, but surely needs refinement

We’ve been playing with the brand new Obscura app in Beta mode for almost a month now. First off, it’s not at all going to replace Instagram for you as there is no social feature of any sort. In fact, it may not really even replace your regular shooting and editing process. But what it will do is provide you with a bit of fun at least at first. Though to be honest, you’re probably better off simply skipping this app altogether.

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Ilford Shows off New Obscura Pinhole Camera at Focus on Imaging


As probably one of the most obscure announcements, Ilford has announced their new Pinhole Obscura camera at Focus on Imaging this year. As far as tech specs go, don’t expect anything more than what a typical pinhole obscura camera might be.

This camera sports an 87mm lens (with 0.3mm pinhole) for 4×5 film or treated paper. It also features a magnetic lock design, with a rotating front for ambidextrous usage.

Ilford has nothing about it on their page yet, but according to ePhotoZine, this will cost around $89.77 when it arrives during the Easter season.

The Most Innovative Pinhole Yet. Lensbaby Obscura Review

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It’s an intriguing concept that Lensbaby deserves multitudes of praise for. A tilt-shift pinhole optic? Indeed, the Lensbaby Obscura is truly a first of a kind. When our team was first pitched about the idea of a pinhole, we were told that it would work with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II system. That’s where I raised my eyebrows. The idea is cool, and there is also a version that’s a straight plate for your camera. But if you know anything about pinhole photography, that doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. Pinhole photography is shot at super narrow apertures. In fact, the aperture for the pinhole is f161. And though the Obscura can do a few other apertures beyond this, they’re honestly pretty useless.

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Pimp Your Camera: Accessories to Refresh Your Camera’s Boring Look

There is no reason for your camera to look standard and dull; let everyone know that it’s clearly yours.

Here at the Phoblographer, we’re all about aesthetics–and that’s why we think every photographer should do what they can to truly call their camera their own. Lucky for you, there are a plethora of accessories on the market designed to do just that. Some are functional, while others are fashionable, but very few manage to walk the line. For the photographer looking to add some peacock and flair to their camera, we dove into our Reviews Index to figure out just what the best selections would be for that purpose.

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Brendan Barry Makes His Own Cameras by Hand

The latest installment of the ILFORD Inspires series takes us to the camera-making and print-making adventures of a large format photographer.

In the newest episode of the ILFORD Inspires series, we are introduced to UK-based large format photographer, educator, and camera maker Brendan Barry, as well as some of the fascinating handmade cameras he uses to create his prints. Whether you have a keen interest on making your own cameras or simply curious about what his creations have allowed him to achieve, you’ll definitely be delighted watching this short film.

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This Project Aims to Convert a Camper Van Into a Giant 360° Pinhole Camera

If funded successfully, the 360° Pinhole Camper Van project will be traversing Europe to take pinhole photos and videos. 

While some of us are dreaming of a nomadic life aboard a converted camper van, London-based freelance photographer Santino Pani wants to transform his van into a giant 360° Pinhole Camper Van. If he meets his £15,000 funding goal on Indiegogo, he plans to take it across Europe and document what he already perceives to be an extraordinary photographic experience.

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Why I Built a 90mm 4×5 Film Pinhole Camera

All photos and blog post by Julian L. Used with permission.


I first got into photography with a Kodak Instamatic 126 when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I absolutely loved it, it was magical to me at that age. I actually recently bought the same camera off eBay to run some 35mm film through it. After a few years I graduated onto a Voigtlander Vitoret D and my dad found at a car boot sale. It was cheap because the shutter was jammed, but dad fixed it for me. I ‘helped’ with the repair (watched and tried not to get in the way, I must have been about 7 or 8 at the time). The shutter mechanism absolutely fascinated me. I remember dad explaining aperture and shutter speed to me, because the camera was unmetered. It took a little while to get used to it, but got there in the end. Anyway I had several other cameras, but I always remember these two. The Instamatic introduced me to photography and the Voigtlander taught me the importance of exposure.

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Three Modern Pinhole Cameras That Aren’t a Beer Can

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Pinhole photography is one of the earliest forms of the art and involves being truly creative about looking at scenes. It often involves an extremely narrow aperture of f162 or even narrower along with a long exposure time to capture what’s in the frame. Depth of field is determined by using composition techniques and often the cameras don’t have a lens or focusing of any sort.

Many folks tend to DIY their own pinhole cameras using things like beer cans and much more. But if you’re not the type of tinker around with tools then here are three pinhole cameras that are very worthy of note.

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Review: Artisan Obscura Soft Shutter Releases and Hot Shoe Covers


Artisan Obscura is another one of the companies jumping into the pool of elegant and beautifully designed accessories for cameras. The company was started in 2013 after being an idea in 2012;, but they had more than just manufacturing pieces of art for cameras in mind. They’ve partnered with a non-profit company in their local Denver area to find a way to give back to the community.

“We utilize responsibly sourced wood and keep our footprint small, which isn’t that difficult as our products are small enough that we can get about 30+ soft shutter buttons out of a 1″x8″ block of wood!” is what the company states on their website. Yes, all of their soft shutter releases and hot shoe covers have a bit of swag, but they also carry with them a fine sense of elegance and craftsmanship.

Think about it: how many of you could easily take a piece of wood and turn it into a beautiful button with smooth texture, a nice feel overall, and how many of them could you make by hand each day?

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This Geeky Infographic Chronicles the Evolution of the Camera


Infographic originally made by Online Product Mail. Used with permission.

Peter over at Online Product Mail created a very educational infographic giving viewers a better idea of how the camera has evolved. It starts with things like the Obscura in ancient Greece and also continues on to show things like the daguerreotype well into the modern day.

If you’re a history nerd, you’re bound to stop all productivity for a little bit.

Bell Labs Invents a Camera With Loads of Apertures and No Lens


What do you call a lensless camera? Veteran photogs will usually immediately point to pinhole cameras or camera obscuras. But apparently Bell Labs has developed something much different–and digital! In a nutshell, what the prototype does is uses an LCD as a grid of apertures looking at a scene. That scene is then transferred onto the sensor. So instead of using one aperture, it will probably make part of a scene F8 while the other part is f2. However, they stated that the images are never out of focus–which piques our curiosity even more. The sensor then pieces this all together to create an image.

Honestly, we’re not sure how this technology could be used practically unless it involved some sort of uber HDR contraption. To that end, we wonder if they got the inspiration from pinhole cameras with multiple apertures.

Via Engadget

The Canadian Police Mistook a Pinhole Camera For a Suspicious Package


“Hey! What’s a pinhole camera, eh?”

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.

Via Metro News Canada

Ilford Releases A New Harman Titan 8×10 Pinhole Camera with F288 Aperture


All images shot by Leon Taylor and used with permission

Not long ago, Ilford introduced their 4×5 pinhole camera. But today, they’re unveiling their 8×10 pinhole camera–possibly making everyone else feel a little small in the fanny pack. It’s made from injection moulded ABS and then a durable non-slip coating is added. However, it stays really light at only 800gms. It sports an 8 x 10 film holder and features tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and an accessory mount.

As far as optics go, it comes with a 150mm (5.9in) focal length cone with a diameter of 0.52mm (0.0205in). This optic has a fixed aperture of f288 and a 94.7 degree angle of view.

And just like the 4×5 version, the kit has the same Exposure Calculator and printed onto a waterproof material. Filmwasters already has a video review of it, and you can check it out after the jump. If you want to see samples, photographer Leon Taylor has some images already on his Flickr and after the jump. If you convert the figured, it will cost around $386 US for this monster.

Via Believe in Film

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Larissa Honsek Lets the Light in with Her Amazing Pinhole Photography

Larissa Hosnek - Black and white pinhole camera portrait - The Phoblographer

All images by Larissa Honsek. Used with permission.

“I have always liked carrying cameras around and taking pictures of my world,” explains Larissa Honsek. While working as a graphic designer, Honsek became immersed in the world of pinhole photography. She was able to take the simplicity of the art form and add a splash of creativity. Covering a series of images that are sure to amaze, we spoke with Honesk to learn more about her journey so far.

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