"There is light at the end of the tunnel, but it is very dim because the hole is so small".
Taking photographs with a camera that has no glass lens and a choice of a just one tiny fixed aperture may sound strange but that is exactly what thousands of people are doing around the world and they are having great fun doing it.
The principle of Pinhole photography goes way back to before Leonardo Da Vinci and pinhole cameras have been in use since the dawn of photography. But why would anybody bother with one today when good conventional cameras are so cheap and available?
It is possible to build a pin hole camera from any old box or tin can that can keep the light out. The only bit that needs to be well made is the actual pin hole itself.
The images produced are at least a bit soft focus and do tend to have a wonderfully raw, homegrown feel about them. Long exposure times mean that most moving subjects must be dismissed. Some things like smoke, streams and waterfalls can obviously work well and sometimes ghostly, blurred people in a scene can look good. A swaying tree on a windy day may also give an interesting effect.
The limitations make me think really hard about how to get the best results and hey presto; great photos are born.
Half Plate Box Camera
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