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How to Make a DIY Solargraphy Pinhole Camera for 6-Month Exposures


Want to try your hand at creating a solargraph? Photographer Justin Quinnell recorded this informative and humorous 14-minute video tutorial on how you can create a pinhole camera for 6-month-long exposures using only a beer can, some photo paper, a pin, and lots of gaffer tape (which Quinnell calls the “elixir of life”).


Here’s an example solargraph Quinnell made by putting one of these cameras on a roof for six months (there are more in this online gallery):


You can also find a text version of this tutorial over on Justin’s website.

Update: As Tom reminds us in the comments below, you shouldn’t duct tape this type of camera to sensitive public locations, lest this happen to you (and your community).