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Pinhole photography

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by noway, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. noway

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    Dec 14, 2000
    Davie "Cowboy" , FL
    Anybody here ever did pinhole photography use a modern AF camera?

    I started about a year ago making some pinhole lense for a canon 620 and ElanII. I whent to a local photo shop and bought a few spare body caps and use a heated small needle and poke a hole in the center of the cap for the aperture. I whent from the outside > inside on one and the inside >outside on the other. The later , had a smoother edge around the aperture.

    Then I whent out to a fishing pier and setup my camera on tripod and started making exposure using a timer of the sun over the bait house. It took me about a full 36exp roll of film in order to get 2-3 nice photos. I later determine my apertue was F128 or something around that. You get a light meter and timer you can calculate your exposure pretty good, just factor in for reciporatory failures if you start making 1-3sec or longer exposures. You can also place a std 50mm lense on the body, take a reading using the onboard metering and then adjust the exposure based on your guessed pinhole aperture sized, and bracket 1-2 stop above and below.

    btw: if you do try this using a canon body, you have to to place the camera on manual and used the buld setting since the camera will not have a lense to control for apertue cuz the electronic contacts aren't closed electronically.

    if you want the expensive pre-made lense, take a look at the site online or ebay or just make one using the hints from
  2. Timber Wolf

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    Christ. Warrior

    Aug 7, 2001
    Thanks for the link. INteresting article. Will have to scan over the rest of his website.


  3. General Sherman

    General Sherman
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    Nov 15, 2003
    Dunwoody, near Atlanta, Georgia USA
    Another unique trick is to photograph the infrared light which human eyes cannot see.
    I photographed the light out of my stereo remote control. Put the remote to the lens of my Canon S100 digital camera in a dark room and took a photo.
    Here is what it looks like.

    Now with an infrared filter on my camera I could photograph nature in a different light, like film photographers did with infrared film for special effects. :)
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