April 27, 2014 is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.
Pinhole photography is photography without a lens. Instead of a lens, there’s a tiny hole in the camera box. Light enters the camera through the hole just like it would through a lens. The light forms an upside down image on the back wall or film plane of the camera.
The image formed by a pinhole is softer than it would be if there were a glass lens. This can be a very artistic-looking image, kind of soft and dreamy. While the pinhole image is less sharp, it also has a nearly infinite depth of field. Read more at “Pinhole Photography – History, Images, Cameras, Formulas” By Jon Grepstad .
Traditional pinhole photography involves film and film processing. Film is beautiful, but if you are looking for a simpler, quicker approach, you can use your DSLR. In a nutshell, you buy a second camera body cap, drill a half inch hole in it and then tape a piece of aluminum foil over that and make a pinhole in the foil. Blackwrap is even better.
From here, you can even shoot pinhole video! Here’s a video tutorial on the topic.
This is a fascinating and artistic area that will help recharge your love of photography and video.
Looking for a great topic for your next video? Make a parody of a well-known film. The example above may get your creative juices flowing, but it will only be meaningful if you’ve seen Birdman which just won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. Below is the full length trailer. The film is […]Read More