I have bags of camera parts just sitting and waiting to be used. Most will remain parts, lonely and apart from useful photographic tools. Some, though, join together and make a new man...Filmy Camerason.
What the heck am I going on about? No idea. Actually, I was just bored and made a very simple camera. And I am going to share it with all of you to show that you can also make a simple camera! Wheee! And to make it even more special, we are making a Polaroid camera. Wheee again!
Okay, anyway, all you need are some spare parts. Not just any spare parts, of course. You can't make a camera from a dried up marker and banana peels. Well, actually you probably could, but I'm not doing that. What I have is a broken Polaroid back (though it still works fine), and a Diana lens that I cut off a camera some time ago. And a cardboard box and tape. Plus some rulers type things and something to cut stuff with, scissors and Exacto to be exact. If you want a "working camera", it is important that your lens has a shutter and some way to fire the shutter. If not, you will just have an open lens and no way to control exposure.
First we need to figure out the focal length of our camera. the Diana lens has to be a certain distance from our film plane to be in focus. Easiest way to do this is the measure that distance on a Diana camera.
before. And before. And again. But this is even a more basic pinhole camera that anyone can make. So we take that lens off, grab some aluminum foil and tape it over the hole in our camera.
So my pinhole is big, ragged, and close to the film. Who cares? It's still cool because I made it, and yours will be as well. But not as cool as mine.
Anyway, for a shutter, I just use a piece of black tape and fold over the end. You just need to peel back to expose the hole and then recover.
Pinholes are also good for self portraits! You can try lots of things, like hiding it in the grass, aiming towards the sun or whatnot. And you can get as close to your pinhole as you want! The closer, the better, as long as you have light on your subject (my face). Shot with Fuji FP-100C and expired Type 108.
Until I think of something else to write about!