Digital photography has pretty much killed film photography for consumers and hobbyists, but if you want to enjoy a little old-fashioned photography you can build your own pinhole camera for hardly any money at all.
We’ve looked at a couple of specialty pinhole cameras, but pinhole camera hobbyist and high school teacher Costas Kaounas has developed a really simple and easy-to-build option that takes beautiful panoramic photos. Despite being made out of cardboard and popsicle sticks, it actually takes some pretty great photos. Here’s the entirety of what you’ll need to make it:
- Both 3mm and 1mm thick stock board for the construction of the camera body
- Popsicle sticks for the shutter mechanism
- A can of soda from which to make the pinhole
- Colourful plastic sheets for aesthetic purposes (optional)
- A couple of film containers (and, of course, film to use with the camera)
From there it’s just a matter of cutting the parts and constructing the camera. You can find the full instructions on the full post over at DIY Photography. If you’re feeling a little lazy, you can always just purchase a pinhole camera kit to save you a little effort (but that’s not nearly as cheap).
Build A 35mm Panoramic Pinhole Camera [DIY Photography]