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Sue L. Cullumber
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2004

Pinhole Photography

Have any of you ever dabbled in pinhole? I am thinking of trying it with some of my students and any pointers would be helpful. Thanks. Sue

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8/2/2006 7:01:39 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  An older acquaintence of mine named Martha Cassanave (sp) is an excellent portrait shooter who's used pinhole cameras for years and done a book or two. She used to live in Monterey, CA. If you can reach her and if she'd be willing to help you in your teachings, you'd be off to a great start in a very interesting subject.

Take it light.

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8/3/2006 11:14:48 AM

Tom R. Walker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/7/2006
  Google f295, it's a pinhole forum

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8/15/2006 9:02:17 PM

Brody A. Driscoll   You Could Try Pintoid Cameras....Google Pintoid And You Can Find How To Make Them. It's An Altoid Can Pinhole Camera

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1/12/2007 12:54:54 PM

Alan N. Marcus   Hi Sue,

You can take any camera and cover the existing lens with aluminum foil pierced in the center with a pin. Surprise, you have just created a pin-hole camera. Consider that such a tiny pin-hole in the center of a camera lens will negate the existing lens as the central portion of a lens has little or no (optical) power.

You and your students can experiment with different size holes. You can do this with digital interconnected to a TV or a camcorder.

You will need to light the scene brightly as the tiny pin-hole functions at maybe f/90 or smaller.

Otherwise, you can remove of break out the lens in an old box camera are substitute a foil pierced over lay. Actually no need to remove the lens but most kids will fail to fully grasp the fact that the tiny pin-hole has negated the lens. Stated another way, they won’t fully believe in the experiment.

Lots of luck,

Alan Marcus

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1/12/2007 1:25:01 PM

Christopher A. Walrath
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/25/2006
  Yes. f295 is a great source for pinhole info. So is Dedicated to film photography, there quite a few pinhole users that frequent this site and they also have a forum dedicated to this form of photography.

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1/15/2007 2:45:19 PM

William D. Jackson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/24/2007
  Hi Sue,

I am an old guy who once worked with teachers to teach them how to use audio-visual aids. Dont know if you can find the stuff we used but who knows! Anyway, we used Kodalith high contrast film used by printing industry. We would get it in 8x10 sheets, then cut it into 4x5 sheets to fit a Graflex film holder. You can work with Kodalith in a darkened room using a red safelight. We would use dektol developer diluted about 8 to 1 to process the film for a continous tone negative. The exposure was trial and error. Could make contact prints by laying things on photographic paper and flashing the overhead lights. Now that everything is digital, don't know if you can find these old standby films and supplies. If you would like to try, let me know, I'll try to see if I have more info.

Bill Jackson

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6/26/2007 10:04:51 AM

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