Ned

Ned

Posted on 03/20/2016


Photo taken on March 19, 2016


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Ready for WPPD 2016

Ready for WPPD 2016
I made this simple camera today to get ready for World Pinhole Photography Day on April 24th.

The camera uses a curved plane for 8x11, 7x11 or 6x11 inch photo paper, and has selectable rise ( or fall if you turn the camera upside down ). The camera is just a black foamcore box. The curve is formed by a mat board insert, and the paper snaps into place when loading; no need for tape or worry about paper slipping in a makeshift holder. On the right you can see the pinhole is mounted on a piece of mat board that can slide up or down. When it is all the way down it is centered for 8x11 paper. The pencil arrows mark the highest it can go without the corners of the paper vignetting. The pinhole was made in a piece of aluminum from a drink can, and is about 0.38mm. Hope to use this camera on WPPD.

WxHxD is 9 x 8 x 4.5 inches

Realbeck, Cedric Muscat, Michael Russo, Formica and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


9 comments - The latest ones
Chronocrator
Chronocrator
Very clever! Good luck for WPPD!
2 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska
How interesting!
2 years ago.
Graham Hughes
Graham Hughes
nice work Ned, cameras are so much fun. Love the images.
2 years ago.
Formica
Formica
i'd never thought of using foamcore to make a camera with. that's a really great idea. i'd nearly forgotten that wwppd was this month until seeing your post about it!
2 years ago.
Ned has replied to Formica
Only a week away, have fun!
2 years ago.
Cedric Muscat
Cedric Muscat
Love the camera, I will try to photograph mine also making use of the curved inside.
I prefer the image undistorted.
21 months ago.
Graham Hughes
Graham Hughes
Love the camera too, and it answered my question partially as to the nature of your pinhole.....so it wasnt a bought one.
18 months ago.
Cedric Muscat
Cedric Muscat
Ned a modification for version 2 of this model is to extend the back(compartment) to carry unexposed/exposed sheets and just swapping the sheets about as needed in a darkroom bag...
14 months ago.
Ned has replied to Cedric Muscat
I missed this comment when you made it! Yes you're right and I've made a couple cameras like that... got the idea from Joe Van Cleave. He uses a little separator to keep the exposed and unexposed paper separate, but mine have two thin compartments. With a 5x7 camera, it's not too bad to change the paper in a changing bag.

This camera, like most of mine, are used 1-shot and changed when I get home. It does make things a little simpler: you don't need to provide a lightproof "door" that's easy to open and close in changing bag.. this one is sealed with black duct tape which I pull off and replace when I reload it. See how the lid edges are lined with tape? When you do that, then when you add more tape to seal the edges, it pulls off more easily without damaging anything...

One way to make a camera like this one easier to open is to make a lid just like this, but make an extra "top" that fits snugly over the top. Then it usually doesn't leak light ( although if the box itself starts to warp, it can cause trouble... foamcore is better than matboard if you want to go that route, it doesn't warp as much over time. And of course it's simple enough to recycle the old ones and just make another. I've never made one that took more than an hour or two to put together :)

Cheers!
12 months ago.