Did you know that you can make yourself a camera? You can even make one out of a ModCloth shipping box. For real! A camera is actually a pretty simple device, relying on light to make the magic happen. Chris Keeney’s Pinhole Cameras: A Do-It-Yourself Guide shows you how to build and operate your own camera by using everyday household materials and a few specialty items.
Keeney’s book covers the historical, technical, and artistic background of pinhole cameras before diving into the step-by-step processes of eight different types of cameras. The book’s spiral binding allows you to lie the book flat while reading the procedures, and the eight-and-a-half inch ruler on the front and back cover is a thoughtful and handy tool. Not only is it practical, but it’s designed beautifully, obviously drawing inspiration from minimalist mid-century type and format.
If the only photos you take are on your phone, don’t let this very physical, involved, analog approach stop you. I think it’s important to note that a handful of my office mates who haven’t done pinhole before checked this book out, and they felt that it would take a lot of patient reading and trial and error to get rewarding shots. Like a lot of hobbies, practice makes perfect. Also keep in mind, as the front cover states, “The only limit is your imagination!”
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Thirsting for a camera DIY right here and now, now that you’ve commented? Why not check out our camera strap DIY?