In a Nutshell
I get mixed reactions when I say that I am a pinhole photographer and that I create images with a tin
can. Some people think that I am joking and simply laugh, while others are intrigued by the creative
possibilities. They want to know how to make a camera, what kind of film to use for the images, and
the difficulty level in getting started. They are curious, bright-eyed, and eager to learn about the
many possibilities; these people are probably just like you. Hopefully you are interested in this book to
broaden your photographic skills, to push into a new realm of art, and to try something new.
Let's start with the basics.
This is the art form, essentialy, in a nutshell:
A pinhole is created by drilling a tiny hole in a piece of thin metal
A pinhole converges light rays to form an image within the camera
A pinhole image can be captured on sensitized materials such as film and paper
A pinhole image exposure can range widely from seconds to months
A pinhole image features an extreme depth of field
A pinhole photographer is limited only by his imagination
Every advanced concept from multiple pinholes to solargraphy, found further
in the book, will build off of these simple principles and open endless
options for variation and experimentation. There are other subtle
points that serve as an advantage: pinhole photography is
relatively inexpensive compared to current digital cameras
and media, the do-it-yourself nature of the hobby is fun
while challenging your inner creativity, the scientific
principles simultaneously educate children and
adults, and your images will truly be one-of-a-kind
photographic enigmas that will draw attention and
stand out from the crowd.
This is all you really need to remember about pinhole photography. Ready to get started? Order your book today!