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In my basement lives a series of photographs of sailing ships mored in London.  These photos were taken by my father over 60 years ago in a homemade camera.  They are some of the most beautiful photos I've seen and the camera he used is simple to make and use.  

A pinhole camera is a simple device where you have a light-proof box with the film in one end and a tiny hole in the other.  You take the picture by opening up the hole for a few seconds or minutes.  


Simple.

But that's just the start.

Here are some pinhole cameras I'm drolling over on Kickstarter right now.

ONDU III pinhole camera



WOODSUM: easy, retro, DIY, Pinhole camera.



Gorgeous!  If anyone wants to buy me a Holiday Present... hint hint.

These beautiful designs have me thinking about how I can make my own 35mm pinhole camera.  

Anyone here play with pinholes?
 
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Could you make a digital photo of those photos in the basement? I am interested to see how they turned out. I tried a pinhole "lens" on my DLSR, but was rather disappointed. (It has since been repurposed into a microscope adapter.)
 
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an overview of photography and how he makes a pinhole camera

and here's a video of the camera in action

 
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cute video about making a 35mm pinhole camera from a matchbox.

 
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