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Wide-Angle Photography by Chris Marquardt

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Appendix A Weekend Project: DIY Full-Frame Pinhole Camera

A pinhole camera is a kind of ultimate wide-angle photo device that works without a lens. The image is focused through the pinhole, and the focal length is determined by the distance between the pinhole and the film. The shorter the distance, the wider the angle of view.

A DIY pinhole camera is a great project for a rainy weekend that also teaches you a lot about photographic focal lengths.

Materials:

  • Roll of 35mm film (color negative ISO 400 film is fine)
  • Empty 35mm film cartridge (ask for one at your local camera store)
  • Empty matchbox
  • Lightproof tape
  • Piece of aluminum foil
  • Needle

Project duration: 1–2 hours.

Take the drawer out of the matchbox and cut a rectangular hole in its bottom ...

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