Congrats, those are great photos for your first pinhole, I have always wanted to try it.....is there a formula, to be focused clearly the subject must be a certain distance from the pinhole box.....have you tried taking the photo from the area where the pinhole box is would that affect the over exposure....etc...
Hello Gregory, I think your answer would be no, because a digital camera deals with pixels and a pinhole is film, there are no pixels involved because a true pinhold has no lens, it is the perfect camera....the only grain would be from the type of film used....the speed of the film......
Much better! And it's either a light leak, or a piece of the paper from the hole puncture inside. When you use the metal, use can sand the inside smooth and then spray it black and the whole inside of the "camera" black.
Now I have a flare issue that happens when shooting outside. It seems to be only with straight sky light. So I think it may be UV light which the paper is sensitive.
I will try a UV filter and see if helps.
What is your "camera" made from? You can make your own box using black mat board and black gaffer's tape and then spray the whole thing with black paint. The issue is usually the back where the film/paper goes in/out. Even better is a product we have here called Gator Board, which is a heavy duty foam core and the real stuff has a wood veneer and is real tough stuff.
As a last resort, try throwing a black cloth over the"camera" and see if that helps,
What's really nice about Murray's camera, is that it uses a film holder, which will keep the film/paper flat through long exposures, your paper may bend and warp over a long exposure, which will aggrivate the situation,
Rich, the camera was built to last. It was made of high-grade modeler's plywood. Using film holders allows me to change film without a darkroom or changing bag. It's very light-tight. The pinhole was drilled and chamfered to provide a uniform hole, rather than the common practice of poking a hole with a sewing needle. This resulted in pictures that are really sharp, which belies the stereotype that pinhole camera images are soft and 'old-timey.'
There are also a couple of luxuries, like steel tripod sockets in the bottom and left side as well as 'viewfinder' arrows to indicate which way to point the camera. Yeah, I know . . .
A work of Art and the work of an artist! Pinhole cameras are truly a tool to allow photographers to photograph stuff, rather than take snapshots! If you are going to use this camera to create images and everyone will be unique, then that says a lot about what and who you are. I do remember longer exposures though,
I built a giant pinhole camera years ago from a refrigerator carton. It was for an art in the park thing our art department put on to expose kids to art. It layed on its side and I had a white screen attached to one of the walls. A kid would get on each side of the pinhole and after their eyes adjusted for the dark they could see the park upside down on the wall. It was on another piece of cardboard and we would spin them around so they could see the whole park in motion. We got a really good response but I think it was mainly because they liked being spun around in a dark box. I did also have one for film that I took a picture of a pony on Assateague Island which came out pretty good, not sharp but no blur.
I made today a 12x12in camera to make 8x10in photos and 7x9in.
I like the larger prints but this big camera don't allow me to go to streets or woods shoot and change paper negatives in a change bag. It's too big.
It could be smaller but I don't want the images too wide. But maybe I will have to make a smaller one 8x10in, to take shots in the woods, which will be very wide angle shots.
The 4x5in one I think is perfect, I can go anywhere and since it's metal I can place on wet ground. 4x5 is too small. :(
I am now taking a 12h shot with my new camera. If I like it I will use for self portraits.
I bought tools to install on my pinhole cameras to allow use them on a tripod, and I have a rule which indicates the angle and direction of the shot, so I can know what will appear in the frame and what will not. But I want to make a perfect 8x10in camera.