diy paper pinhole camera


My friend in London sent me this DIY paper pinhole camera kit a few weeks ago, and I've only recently gotten around to assembling it. After realising that a plain old glue stick wasn't going to cut it, despite the camera being made from 'just paper', a tube of multigrip glue was purchased to make sure that this camera was going to be super solid. As a camera building novice, I did have some hair-tearing-out moments thanks to a few instructions that were open to interpretation but as you can see I got the job done in the end. All that's left now is to load it with film and test it out! Anyone got any tips for using a pinhole camera?

For those interested, this DIY camera kit was purchased from Urban Outfitters.

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  1. Oh, this is awesome - I really need to get my hands on this kit.

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    1. Not sure if it's available online, but I'm thinking in store would be the best bet.

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  2. i remember making one at college years ago, we had to stay so still to take photographs. i remember people kept walking past so we have blurs all over it. nice one

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    1. Thought that might be the case! Thinking maybe using it for landscapes and a few fun portrait experiments.

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  3. I saw these in Urban Outfitters, I think I'll wait to see how yours come out before deciding, it certainly looks very pretty though! xx

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  4. it's the cutest camera i've ever seen

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  5. So cute, this is such a cool crafty idea..!

    Thanks for sharing,

    FJM
    x

    http://flapjackmelody.blogspot.com

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  6. I've been wanting a true pinhole camera... I would say keep it steady!
    I'll be very interested to see the results.

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  7. Wow that's such a cool idea and cute design! Good luck with using it, I gather they can be quite fiddly but with a bit of patience and experimentation I'm sure you'll master it! Hope you'll post some of your results :) ox

    simplesophie.com

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  8. Woahh, this brings back memories of my photography class where we made one of these - although mine was nowhere near as cute. It's been so long so I don't have many tips but I remember setting mine down on a park bench/on the ground and getting some pretty sharp shots out of it.

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    1. Thanks for those tips anyway! It seems like steady hands or a solid base is the best bet for sharp shots.

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  9. oh my gosh! i've always wanted to make one! it looks sooo cool!!!

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  10. I've never used one so I can't help you out there, sorry!
    But what a cute idea, I don't think I'd trust my handy work to put one together.
    Hopefully it all works out.

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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  11. This is super super super cool! I'd love to know how this thing works, and I am really looking forward to the results. And a huge congratulations of having the patience to put it together - a notable achievement I'd say!

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    1. Building it actually ended up being a bit of a crash course in learning how cameras work haha. Pinhole cameras are basically just long exposure cameras so using it will be an interesting experience.

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  12. Love the pattern on this, can't wait to see what results you get from it :)

    Jo. x

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  13. This is so cool, can't wait to see the results! My photographer housemate had to make pinhole cameras out of everything for her course (including fruit and beer cans!) so I will have to show her this one :)

    swansandlists.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Fruit and beer can cameras sound so cool!

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  14. Hahahah! This camera is so pretty and I am sure that it hides hard work! I really like those pictures with the world map background, so colorful!
    XOX

    leslistesdolive.blogspot.ca

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    1. I thought the map background would be fitting considering it did travel half way around the world to get to me :)

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  15. I'm so glad you liked it! I was tempted to buy one for myself too to add to my growing camera collection but after hearing how hard it was to put together. I think i'll just wait. Plus i'm pretty sure if you take your lens of your diana its a pinhole right? I may have made that up. Either way good luck with the photos! Can't wait to see them!

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    1. 'sif I wouldn't like it silly! In hindsight it's actually quite doable. It's just the fiddly bits that get a bit tricky. A few more pictures in the instructions wouldn't go astray though. My Diana Mini doesn't have detachable lenses, but I think that may be the case for your normal one (or at least, you can get pinhole attachments yadda yadda). We can hijack the group Skype sesh tomorrow lol.

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  16. this is the most charming and adorable thing I've seen in a while :)

    http://theuncoooolkid.blogspot.ca/

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  17. Haha this camera is brilliant - it's so cute, the hair-tearing moments were worth it!

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  18. IT'S SO CUTE AND FLORAL AND CUTE?
    Did I mention cute?

    Nicole
    http://confidentliar.com
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