Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Match box pinhole camera

Here are some of the pictures I took using the pinhole camera that I built out of a match box, two rolls of 35 mm film, a paperclip, some electrical tape, some cardboard, and a piece of aluminum from a tin can. I followed a tutorial on youtube for part of it, but made a few modifications of my own. Instead of using the plasting binding of a notebook as a clicker (in order to count how much film you have cranked between the rolls), I decided to cut a tiny hole in the back of the camera body so that I could just count the holes as they passed through the match box. I counted roughly 8 holes between each picture. Since I was shooting on 400 ISO film, as opposed to the 100 ISO that was traditionally used in most examples that I saw, I had to compensate by opening the shutter for about a quarter of the time that those examples had opened it for. Most of my shots were overexposed.  When I took the film roll to Walgreens to get it developed, the guy thought that my camera was messed up or something, because his machine couldn't read the frames between each picture. He gave me the negatives and didn't charge me at all for the pictures. This was sweet, but since I didn't get any prints back, I just ended up having to throw them onto my light box, photograph them with my iphone, and invert all of them in photoshop. Anyway... here are some of the pictures that I got back.

 Walt and Mickey in Legends Plaza

 Sculpture in Legends Plaza
 Dopey Drive Sign

 The New Animation Building

 The Old Animation Building


Here are a few pictures of the camera itself.  I really recommend trying this out if you have any interest in photography! The first picture shows the camera without the film rolls attached on both sides.  The shutter is manual. Whenever you want to take a picture, you pull the cardboard out for as long as you need to expose the film to the light and then close it whenever you are finished. Most shots that I took were opened for about 4 seconds or so, but I would do less the next time I shoot.

This second photo shows the camera with the film rolls connected. One roll is full, the other is empty. I spliced together the end of the empty roll and the beginning of the new roll with tape, so that when I crank the empty roll, it unravels the active roll. The film is fed behind the match box tray (which has a small rectangular hole about 1" wide by .5" tall. This creates a frame for your photo. The imperfections of the cut can be seen at the edge of the photos. They appear to be pretty rough in the photos. I also used an empty film canister as a base, since the camera would not otherwise stand on its own. Below is the look of the final camera that I used for the photos above.

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