Pinhole photography is simply a camera without a lens, in its simplistic design, a pinhole camera can often be made with many readily available items from the home.
Popular items include shoe boxes, fizzy drinks cans, match boxes etc.
Pinhole cameras will have a single small aperture; this is known as the pinhole – effectively all it is, is a light-proof box or container with a small hole on one side which is made by piercing a hole with a pin.
To get an image, light needs to pass through the pinhole to project an inverted image to the opposite side of the box onto a piece of film or photographic paper.
Although pinhole photography is a very basic form of photography, there have been some great advances in pinhole cameras to enable ease of use and fairly accurate exposures.
Titan Pinhole Camera
This camera has been designed in conjunction with, and manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras who are well known for their range of Titan large format film cameras. The body is made from injection moulded ABS, finished with a very durable non-slip coating. All fittings are made from stainless steel. This combination of materials makes the camera exceptionally robust to withstand extreme natural elements, and rough handling.
The camera is available in both 5×4 and 10×8, please note: film holders are not included. Photographic film or paper (purchased separately) can be used in the holders, both cameras feature tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and an accessory mount.
The 5×4” model comes with a 72mm wide-angle cone, which is interchangeable for 110mm and 150mm focal lengths (available as optional extras). Blank pinhole holders are available for those who would like to use their own pinholes.
The 10×8” model comes with a 150mm pinhole cone. The camera has a chemically etched 0.52mm diameter and a fixed aperture of f288 and a 94.7 degree angle of view; both cameras also come with a self assembly pinhole exposure calculator.
The Obscura by Ilford
It uses expanded PVC as the main component and magnets to operate the closing system as well as the ‘shutter’. The pinhole itself is laser cut, giving superior quality images when exposed. The image is exposed at the rear of the camera without the need for a dark slide.
It features an 87mm focal length, with a rotating ability for left or right hand use, a 0.3mm chemical etched pinhole, a tripod converter bush and it holds paper in position for a white border.
The camera also comes with an exposure calculator, 10 sheets of 5″x4″ Delta 100 film & 20 sheets 5″x4″ Ilford Mutligrade RC paper and instructions.