A Quick Pinhole Experiment

While reading thinking about how photography started, pinhole cameras came to my mind and I thought how easy it would be to make one using a DSLR and some cardboard from a shipping box.

Exhibit A:

After a few shots I started wondering why we pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for lenses, cameras or iPhones just to use Instagram and other software to create images a black box with a hole in it could have taken. (Only half kidding.)

My photos are really bad pinhole shots but the (w)hole purpose of this little experiment was to see what a simple pushpin hole in some cardboard was able to do—and it was a success.

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 5 seconds

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 8 seconds

Canon EOS 60D, cardboard lens of unknown focal length and aperture, ISO 400, 8 seconds

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2 Responses to “A Quick Pinhole Experiment”

  1. Bruno P says:

    Hi,
    Pinhole diameter and disfraction can be ajusted here: http://www.stanford.edu/~cpatton/phcalc3.htm or simple web calculator: http://www.stanford.edu/~cpatton/webphcalc.htm

    ;-)
    Bruno.

  2. (post author) Daniel M. Gattermann says:

    Thanks for the links! They’ll be useful for modding my spare body caps into pin hole “lenses”.

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