Pinhole Cameras DIY Guide

 Pinhole cameras


Pinhole cameras – a Do It Yourself guide


Chris Keeney


Princeton Architectural Press




22,5 x 16,5 cm




19,95 $


Stiff cardboard, canvas back, metal spiral inside



To gain experience and maybe prepare the equipment for the next Pinhole Day, here it is an interesting manual that can help us in finding unusual ideas for the construction of a new pinhole camera. “Pinhole Cameras – A Do It Yourself guide” is exactly what the title says: a compendium of projects to transform common objects (including the classic tin and matchbook) in pinhole cameras, including permanent changes to traditional cameras (Holga , in this case) or adaptation to the modern DSLR, with the classic pinhole body cap.

The guides are built step by step and completed with illustrations to help better understand the instructions provided; for each project it is included a detailed bill of materials needed as well as some notes about test and use of each device. The projects included are the following:

  • oatmeal can
  • shoe box
  •  coffee can
  • cigar box
  • candy box
  • matchbox
  • PinHolga
  • DSLR body cap

The volume is completed by introductory chapters about pinhole photography, the choice of materials and tools (also a interesting visual toolbox at the end of the book), as well as the papers and negatives to use. The second part is a gallery of pictures taken with some of the proposed models and an interesting compendium of practical and creative tips. This book is available in English only but the presence of images allows to have a good understanding of the content, however, even for those not so much in the language.

From the aesthetic point of view the cover made in stiff cardboard with canvas back is well made and of a size that provides manageability; very practical interior volume, which is assembled with metal spiral and entirely printed on very thick paper.

Definitely a highly recommended book for anyone wanting to experiment within the pinhole: it is true that much of the information, as well as more additional, can easily be found online at no cost but, when possible, we should always try to reward those who dedicate time to disseminate information to increase our common passion.

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