Pinhole Photography

Images Created from Homemade Lensless Cameras


Here is where introduction takes place...

These images were created with a simple pinhole camera made out of an oatmeal cannister (see the camera below). The paper negative was developed in photographic chemicals, scanned, and inverted using an image-editing program. The strange perspective is due to the curve of the negative in the cannister and the short focal length creating the extreme wide angle.

What you see when you roll the cursor over the image is the negative. In order to get the positive image you would need to contact print it in a darkroom and develop it, or, simply scan it and use an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop to invert it and flip it horizontally. This is my preference because contact printing from a paper negative creates soft and slightly out of focus images; whereas the scanned image is much sharper.

Exposure times typically range from 15 seconds, outside on a sunny day, to 24 hours or more for interior images. Notice how the grandfather clock to the right has no hands? The long exposure time effectively erased them. Several people and dogs moved past the camera multiple times during this particular exposure and they were erased as well; only the stationary objects were captured.

here is where history of pinhole photography blathers on...