The camera obscura has been around for thousands of years. The phenomenon was first observed by Aristotle and Chinese philosophers as early as 470 BCE. However, it was not until 1837 that the first permanent pictures could be obtained using the camera obscura as a pinhole camera. These pictures were called "Daguerreotypes," and the pictures you take with the pinhole camera will have a "vignette" effect.
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Now, it is simple and easy to create a miniature pinhole camera from basic supplies. Join in on the fun!
*I wrote this Instructable to be short and choppy to emphasize the pictures of the process.
**A better shutter will be forthcoming in a future Instructable.
***Thanks to Mrs. Hogan of Gunn high School for help and assistance on the project.