Francesco Capponi was inspired yesterday (AKA Easter and World Pinhole Photography Day) to create pinhole cameras out of eggs. He painted the insides with emulsion to make it light-sensitive after drilling a hole, exposed it through a pinhole, then filled the egg with processing and fixing chemicals to develop the photo. You can find a full walkthrough of his process over on Lomography. The process isn’t easy — in creating four satisfactory photos Capponi ended up destroying fifty eggs!
Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and announced below.
This week we’re doing a smaller giveaway just for fun, but the prize can only be shipped to addresses in the US (sorry international readers!). We’re giving away the two Sharan cardboard pinhole camera kits that we featured here a while back. The Std-35e shoots normal 35mm images and is worth $25, while the Wide-35 does panoramic photos.
To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:
Link us to a favorite photo of yours taken in 2011
There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!
Leave your response as a comment on this post
Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet: http://j.mp/sharan
As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.
This contest will end Sunday, April 2, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner using random.org and update this post. Good luck!
Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 31 comment entries and 17 Tweet entries for 48 entries overall. The randomly selected winners are…
Photographer Thomas Hudson Reeve shoots pinhole photographs in a pretty interesting way — rather than using photo-sensitive paper or film inside a separate camera, he creates the camera using photo paper itself. The resulting photograph is exposed onto the inside of the photo-sensitive camera (which he calls the “PaperCam”), and creates a pretty surreal look when opened up and developed. Read more…
Designer Kelly Angood created this cardboard pinhole camera that looks exactly like a Hasselblad medium format camera. The design is screen printed onto the cardboard, and the camera accepts 120 film. See sample photographs shot with this camera over on Angood’s website.
Make just published this short but informative tutorial on how to turn your DSLR into a pinhole camera by punching a hole in a body cap. If you have a spare body cap lying around (how often do you use those things anyway?) this can be a fun way to experiment with your camera.
Sharan pinhole cameras are Japanese-made cardboard camera kits that you buy and build yourself. All the parts are pre-cut, and can be assembled using tape in about 1 to 2 hours with the help of step-by-step instructions. The STD35 is a standard 35mm pinhole camera, while the Wide-35 allows you to take panoramic photos. Read more…
Erin Paysse sells one-of-a-kind pinhole cameras created by upcycling vintage hardback books. Each camera has a magnetic shutter and is designed to take standard 35mm film.
The camera comes with it’s own set of instructions on how to load, shoot, and remove film, approximate exposure times, number of turns to advance each frame, as well as sample photos taken from some of my many cameras. Each camera takes very different pictures, so get ready to experiment with this incredible camera!
Pinhole cameras are usually very low-tech and dumbed-down in their operation, but how would one go about making it fancier like a digital camera? Basil Shikin decided to build his own custom pinhole camera using Lego Mindstorms, adding all sorts of awesome features to an ordinarily simple kind of camera. Features include automatic shutter speed calculation using a sensor, automatic film rewind, and the tracking of how much film remains.