Make Pinhole Camera Guide

We’re going to show you how easy it is to make Pinhole Camera.

What is a Pinhole Camera? The first ever invented camera was called a Camera Obscura and in Latin this means dark room. The Camera Obscura/Dark Room had a tiny hole that allows a really narrow beam of light to enter. The beam reproduced a real image of what was outside of the dark room. It projected outside objects onto a wall directly opposite the hole.  The Camera Obsura didn’t actually have any film. Film wasn’t invented yet, as light sensitive materials were not yet discovered. We’re going to show you step-by-step how  to Make Pinhole Camera, which is basically a replica of the Camera Obscura but in a portable version.

Materials Needed:

  1. You need a cylindrical shaped tube that has to have a metal bottom. A ‘Pringles’ can works best for this.
  2. Aluminium foil
  3. Waxed paper
  4. One sheet of black construction paper
  5. Masking or Electrical Tape
  6. A straight Pin
  7. A Ruler
  8. A Utility Knife

Make Pinhole Camera


Let’s Make Pinhole Camera Instructions:

  1. Use a ruler and measure 2 inches/5,08 Cm up the side of the can, starting from the bottom of the chip can and make a spot/mark. Do this several times around the can, then connect the marks so you have a perfect line going all the way round the can.
  2. Cut the can along the line into 2 pieces. Take the smaller piece and prick a neat hole into the centre of the metal base.
  3. Cut a perfect Circle out of wax paper and tape it over the top of the short part of the can (The short part containing the hole).
  4. Put the long part of the can back on top of the short part and tape the two pieces together so they form a whole piece again.
  5. For the pinhole camera to work the only light must come through the Pinhole so you need to make your camera completely light sealed by wrapping it in aluminium foil take a 1.5 foot long piece of foil and wrap it around the can (not the ends of the can but the sides)
  6. Role the piece of black construction paper into a tube and insert it part way into the open end of the can (the open hole at the top where the lid used to be). This acts as a light shielding eyepiece for your camera. Great now you ready to use it. Place an object such as a flower or a pencil under a bright lamp so it’s well lit. Ideally the room will be dark and the only lit part will be the object you’ve placed under a single desk lamp. Hold the The pinhole camera and look through the black paper eyepiece you may need to put your hand around the eyepiece to help keep the inside of the can very dark. You should see the colour image of the object on the waxed paper screen. You can also move the camera back and forth until the object is in Focus. Don’t get confused when trying to centre the object in your view the image is upside down and reversed so you’ll have to move the camera in the opposite direction of what you expect.


Now for those of you wanting a ready-made Pinhole Camera, and something that really looks funky and cool then check out the Viddy. It’s the  best looking pinhole camera we’ve laid eyes upon. For photographers looking to explore the pinhole camera market Viddy makes the choice easy. The best part of owning a Viddy is upon receiving the kit, having to fold all the parts together and assemble it. The Viddy takes medium format or 35mm film and the pinhole is laser cut for precision. Viddy has surpassed it’s target on Kickstarter and should be available in November. Pricing is set to be around $50.

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