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These are the positives to my negatives. I don’t like all of them but I do like the majority. My personal favorites are the ones that show detail- the two images that show clear light, the very pale/ underexposed one that shows the outside building and the one that has the light at the top right-hand side (reminds me of a horror movie for some reason).

I don’t like the bottom two pinholes as they are too light and show no detail at all. That is disappointing but I can learn from my notes how to make them better for in the future, besides, it was only my second attempt at using a pinhole camera.

I made my negatives positive by scanning them into a Mac from my book and then going on to Photoshop > Image > Adjustments > Invert. As it was easy and had simple steps I did it in a matter of minutes. Next time I will use curves and levels to adjust the images so there is more defined detail and shadow/highlight.


Developing Pinhole Prints

Developer- Ilford Multigrade 100ml developer:9ooml water at about two minutes in the tub
Stopper– Water at about 30 or more seconds in the tub
Fixer– Ilford Rapid Fixer 200ml developer:400ml water at more than five minutes in the tub
Washer- Water at twenty minutes or more in the tub
*Water needs to be at 20c
Hang to dry as long as needed


Pinhole Prints

Print one is one of the best photos that had been taken by me and my friend that day. You can see the definite outline of the two windows and the light mark on the floor. This had a ten-second exposure.

Print two was a friend indoors and the exposure was at 20-seconds. There needed to be a longer exposure time the image is mainly white with a couple of black patches.

Print three is also a good shot that was taken that day as you can see the outline of the window. This had a five-second exposure which worked well in the environment we had worked in.

Print four had a 20-second exposure to the light. It was supposed to be of the outside of a library window- clearly, it had been exposed too long as it went black.

Overall, if the environment a person is working in is light then there needs to be a small amount of exposure whereas if it is a dark environment then there would need to be more exposure.

Pinhole Cameras

What is a pinhole camera?
A pinhole camera is a camera with no lens or aperture

How to make a pinhole camera;

  • Cut a square out of a cardboard tube/box
  • Take some tin foil and secure it over the square
  • Make sure no light can get in
  • Use a pin to make a small hole in the middle of the square
  • In a darkroom, put the photo paper in the tube and then seal it
  • Cover the hole and go to the object or place you want a photo of
  • Expose
  • Cover back up when it is done (the exposure is up to the photographer)

How to Develop;

  • At least two Minutes in the tub of Developer
  • About thirty seconds in the stopper (water)
  • Five minutes or longer in the Fixer
  • About twenty minutes in the wash (water)
    *Make sure the water is at 20 C