In this guide you will learn how to make a pinhole camera that uses photographic paper.
Step 1: Before You Start
In this project you will need to start by downloading the Illustrator file "FBRKN Pinhole Camera.ai" and then lasercut the design with a 4mm 40x60 cm MDF board. When you´ve cut your pieces you will need the following tools:
- One black tape
- A piece of sanding paper
- One aluminum beer/soda can
- One pair of scissors
- One bottle of wood glue
- One pin needle
Step 2: Sorting the Pieces
Start by sorting out the right pieces for each part of the camera.
Step 3: Cut the Aluminum Beer/soda Can
Now it´s time to prepare the aluminum plate. Cut out a 2x2 cm square piece from the beer/soda can with your scissor.
Step 4: Drilling the Hole
Use the pin needle to drill through your piece of aluminum. Do this by turning the needle round and round until you get through.
Step 5: Sanding the Aluminum Plate
Use the sanding paper to smooth the hole on the opposite side of the aluminum plate.
Step 6: Find the Centre Piece
Find the centre piece of the outer box. Attach your aluminum plate with pieces of black tape. Control that your pinhole is centred.
Step 7: Starting the Assembly
Now it´s time to start the assembly of the outer box of the camera. Start by selecting the centre piece with your aluminum plate and one of the longer side pieces. Now use your wood glue to mount the pieces together. Make sure not to use to much glue.
Step 8: Continue the Assembly
Continue the assembly of the outer piece of the camera. Use wood glue to mount the different side pieces together as you did in the previous step.
Step 9: Prevent Light Leakage
Time to prevent unwanted light to leak into our camera. Use black pieces of tape on the outside corners and sides of the assembled outer camera box.
Step 10: Assembly and Mounting of the Cog Wheel
Use the wood glue to mount the two pieces of wood cog wheel together. Mount your assembled cog wheel over the front hole on the outer box of your camera.
Step 11: Assembly of the Inner Camera Box
Assemble the side pieces with wood glue in the same manor as before with the outer camera box. Make sure not to attach the fifth and final piece just yet.
Step 12: Prevent Light Leakage
Time again to prevent unwanted light from entering your camera. Use black pieces of tape on the inside corners and sides.
Step 13: Assemble the Inner Camera Box
Start by attaching the final side piece to your inner camera box. Then use pieces of black tape once more.
Step 14: Almost Done...
So you´re almost done. Your two boxes should now resemble the picture above.
Step 15: You´re Done!
Put gently the inner camera box inside the outer camera box. Make sure not to push it all the way in because it will be tough to get it out again. Now your camera is ready! To start taking photographs you will need access to a darkroom and photographic paper. Good luck!