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Make your own camera out of materials around the house and take black and white photos with it.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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You will need a box, photo paper, thin piece of metal like a can or brass shim, tape, xacto knife, needle, and sand paper.

Step 2: Make Pinhole

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The pinhole is like the lens of the camera. Poke a tiny hole in the brass shim with a needle and sand it smooth. Trim the shim so there is a little space around the hole.

Step 3: Make Camera Box

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You can use a shoe box, oat meal box or whatever. The box must be light proof. When the lid is on and the shutter is closed the inside is completely dark. The only light comes through the pinhole. Make sure there are no holes or openings in the box. Seal it and paint it flat black. Cut a small square opening in the box for the pinhole to go in.

Step 4: Put In Pinhole And Make Shutter

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Tape the pinhole behind the square opening. I use electrical tape. Center the pinhole in the square. Then make the shutter which is just a flap that covers the pinhole from the outside. It can be made from some more tape.

Step 5: Load The Photo Paper

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This must be done in complete darkness. You can make a darkroom in a bathroom or closet and use it for developing and changing paper. Tape a piece of photo paper to the inside of the box across from the hole. Put lid on and make sure the shutter is closed. Now you can go out in the light.

Step 6: Taking A Picture

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Point the camera at what you want to shoot. It works best when it is bright and sunny. Depending on lighting and clouds hold shutter open for 30 seconds to 4 minutes then close. Everything has to stay perfectly still. Go back to the dark room and take paper out to develop.
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taeyayesterday

eclipse , on October 23 so make your box tonight

abelw17 days ago

maybe this can help:

http://www.spycamerasmall.com/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera.html

annerbernaner12 months ago
is photo paper the glossy paper used in printers?
No, photo paper is the light sensitive paper used by photographers to make prints from negatives. Print paper used in printers is a special type of ink jet paper and isn't light sensitive.
mtownsend5 years ago
Am I the only one who thought this meant a tiny little spy camera? I feel so uncultured when I'm on this site.
There was a famous photographer a while back who made a pinhole camera out of a button and went around Japan photographing people. I wish I could remember his name though, his work was amazing.
Yes, but the digital camera guy is right there with you.
I was thinking the exact same thing, but this is cool, too :)
1000383731 year ago
how can i download this article
1000383731 year ago
it is amazing
mcantu42 years ago
i think u need to elaborate more on the last part. that is the hardest part and there are no pics
mcantu42 years ago
where would i get a brass shim from
can i use a safelight for this step? like, while loading the paper...
Using a safelight should be fine. Just don't use a bulb higher than 25 watts and be sure not to get the paper closer that 3 feet to the safelight.
DemeGeek5 years ago
Why does everthing have to be perfectly still?
 the picture would be blury, like when you take  picture and your hand moves slightly, so it turns out a bit blurry, when the shutter is open taking a long exposure picture, its just like that shaky hand, but on a larger scale, if you can understand what i mean
right... and now everybody should have a little more appreciation for the photos taken of they great-great-great-great-great-grandparents if they are lucky enough to have any of them at all. :-D
the picture will come out blurry and not right, i suppose XD
j_wo3 years ago
Well...now we know how they manufactured that picture of Lee Harvey Oswald...
andyoaryoga4 years ago
whether it is possible to replace the paper with a regular camera film? how to apply and the required distance between the pinholes with a regular film camera
if you read this comment, i have the answer for my question up there . check this site, it explaining how to applying regular camera film into a pinhole camera http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=11865&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=9939
shortw4 years ago
Where could I get the developing photo paper and how much is it?
what is a pinhole camera for ?
as the name would indicate, they are strictly for taking pictures of pinholes... I am only kidding. they are one of the simplest means of taking pictures, by using a very tiny hole to create a small inverted image on a fixed plane at the back of the device, they do not require any lenses.
920334 years ago
Look up my postings on the other 'Making a Pinhole Camera' pages. Also, to everyone of your questions...simply go to your local camera photo shop dealer. They have everything you need for developing film and prints, printing papers to use, information, etc. Just visited your page...great photos. You can make an easy tripod base for use on the camera. Use a piece of 1/4" thick plywood or plastic. Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the center. Use double-face carpet tape or layer of rubber cement on face of the wood/plastic base and layer on bottom of camera. Stick together for a permanent bond. Screw your tripos screw into the hole and you're all set. Want 'simpler'? Lightly duct-tape it to tripod. Removes easily. Idea is to hold the camera still and level..this'll do the trick. Great Instructable mind-refresher for me...have been in photography all my lifetime...'1200 Year Old Highlander Immortal', y'know. :-) Which reminds me...Do you know what Jesus said to the Apostles at The Last Supper? "All you guys who want your picture taken, sit on this side of the table with Me". Moses was The First Photographer. He used a Pinhole Camera and Bolt Of Lightning for the FLASH. Came out pretty good, eh?
KMaq4 years ago
i got photo paper from staples.  will this work? it comes in a small box of 100.  i suppose i need to take them out of the package in the dark room as well? 
Musicman41 KMaq4 years ago
You need to make sure that it is photo DEVELOPING paper. What it sounds like you got was photo PRINTING paper. They are not the same thing. Developing paper is sensitive to light and changes color when exposed to the light. Printing paper is not and can only be colored by ink. I hope this helps.
 Yes, or else the paper will be developed all over, turn gray, and will not be able take another image. It'll be useless, like film taken out of the cartridge and exposed to sunlight.
oobtim4 years ago
I've been developing at home for years in shared houses too. I've used a dark cupboard, in the attic or thick blankets across a bathroom window in the past and have been used with good results (mostly in the evening/night to be safe). A red light is needed if you want to see what your doing though... :)

Look on any retrophotographic site or pick up and old photography book from a second hand book store to find the details of development and the chemicals. Ebay is a good source of cheap photography equipment too.

Good luck!
lrdogs124 years ago

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likeanita4 years ago
can u be more specifite about how to develop a pic, by using photo paper? becasue it seems interesting to just directly have a image on the photo paper instead the film
 The photo paper you use is a special paper with silver crystals. THIS PAPER: www.freestylephoto.biz/c501-Black-and-White-Paper-Resin-Coated-Variable-Contrast is what you need. You also need the developer--which is on that website--which is for PAPER development, not film, because they're different. :P

It's all done in a darkroom because, like film, the image initially imprinted onto the paper will be destroyed if left in direct light of any kind. There are filters used over dim lights to prevent that.

Other than that, the chemicals used and process is pretty much the same as developing film; developer, stop bath, fixer, and then a wash through some fresh water, to remove all the chemicals. If the wash isn't done, then the chemical stains will eat the photo.

Just research it. You need a lot of stuff, if you aren't taking a photography course in college, like I am. The darkroom and everything inside it is available to me, but an average Joe might have to make their spare bathroom into a darkroom, in order to be able to develop photos. ;)
 where do you get the developer and fixer?
 It needs to be darkroom paper and not regular inkjet photo paper for a printer. 

Something like this will totally work.  
www.amazon.com/Ilford-Multigrade-Deluxe-Coated-Glossy/dp/B00009V3C5/ref=pd_cp_p_1
Gh{O}sT4 years ago
Thx gonna use it for photography project at school (i will credit you)
sxdemon4 years ago
I build something similar, but I was using a len instead of only a pinhole.
Lamah4 years ago
where does the digital camera go
You don't need it when you build this. Just like you don't need a digital camera when you are using a 35mm camera.
I  do believe that was a troll.
What do you mean by "photo paper"? What kind of photo paper?
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