How to Make a DIY Pinhole Camera

Looking for a fun activity this weekend? Gather together some simple materials and make yourself a pinhole camera—a simple camera with no lens and only a single, fixed aperture:

The video above comes from Tony and Chelsea Northrup, and shows how making a pinhole camera will barely cost you anything more than a few hours. You just need a drill, a black Sharpie, a pin, some masking tape, a pair of scissors, tinfoil—and, of course, a camera body.

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Start by drilling a small hole in the middle of a camera cap.

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Next, take a small piece of tinfoil and tape it over the inside of the cap. Use a small pin to puncture a hole through the foil.

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Use the Sharpie to draw over the masking tape, making it all black. Then snap on the cap and you’re all set.

Go ahead and shoot some goofy shots—the results will be blurry, but just think of it like a chic DIY Instagram filter.

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For some examples of awesome pinhole shots, check out this gallery of remarkable (and often eerie) pinhole shots.

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