Image Lab Photography

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DIY Pinhole Camera at Bozeman Makerspace

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how pinhole cameras work - images.jpg
how pinhole cameras work - images.jpg
how pinhole cameras work - images.jpg

DIY Pinhole Camera at Bozeman Makerspace


In this class students will create their own Pinhole Camera! We will go over the basic principles of pinhole photography and create a simple box camera. Each student will learn to work with darkroom photographic paper to create a paper negative, how to process their print using photographic chemistry, and will go home with a new understanding of light!. (includes materials, chemistry, use of lab, and refreshments)


Thursday February 21st 1pm-4pm


Bozeman Makerspace

5350 Love Ln Unit 2, Bozeman, MT 59718

About The Process:

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens but with a tiny aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through the aperture and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box, which is known as the camera obscura effect. The first known description of pinhole photography is found in the 1856 book The Stereoscope by Scottish inventor David Brewster, including the description of the idea as "a camera without lenses, and with only a pin-hole". One older use of the term "pin-hole" in the context of optics was found in James Ferguson's 1764 book Lectures on select subjects in mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, and optics.

Characteristics of pinhole camera photography

Pinhole photographs have nearly infinite depth of field, everything appears in focus.

As there's no lens distortion, wide angle images remain absolutely rectilinear.

Exposure times are usually long, resulting in motion blur around moving objects and the absence of objects that moved too fast.

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