Chris Marquardt: Pinhole Photography

Episode 1795 (1:16:09)

Chris Marquardt

Today's photo topic is pinhole photography, or how to take a picture with a homemade camera that has a pinhole. Recently, photographers celebrated Worldwide Pinhole Day. Shooting with this "original camera" takes you to a more simplistic level. Pinhole cameras don't have a lens, but the size of the hole matters. The bigger the hole, the less sharp the image. What also matters is the distance of the pinhole from the piece of film (there are also digital pinhole cameras): the farther away, the more telephoto, the closer, the more wide angle. Pinholes also make everything in focus with no depth of field. They also give a dreamy quality to the image.

Here's the gallery for today:

You can even make one by putting a hole in a camera body cap and replace your lens with it. That way you can shoot pinholes digitally as well. 

Our current photo assignment is - ZIGZAG. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "ZIGZAG" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "tgzigzag" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

And don't forget to check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop Photo Sensei.