One of my to-do projects for the WPPD 2012 was to build a working 120 pinhole camera from a large kitchen matchbox.
Although I had built smaller 35mm pinhole cameras from regular matchboxes, I had never built one with this size matchbox before. So at the time, it was to be a work in progress.
Find out more about WPPD here – Are You Ready? The next pinhole day is April 27, 2014
The only thing I knew at that point was that that a large size matchbox has the same height dimension as a roll of 120 film. I also realized that 120 film which does not have a cassette, would require a much more robust system to make it function in this setup.
Now all I needed to do was make a chamber that would be light tight, add the pinhole, a shutter and create a way to advance the film to a new frame! I was pretty sure it would require some improvisation, a bit of luck and plenty of ingenuity to make it work.
This time around, I may alter a few things as I build another one for the next WPPD, which will be on April 27, 2014. I am sure that the results will be fun and with any luck, it will work as planned
Here is my original list of materials:
- Glue stick and/or glue
- Thin cardboard
- Utility knife
- Empty aluminum beverage can
- Empty 120 film spool
- Black plastic or photographic tape
- Needle from a sewing kit or sewing needle
- Black construction paper
- Roll of 120 film
- Paper clip
- Book Board or Foamcore
- Piece of black felt
- Self adhesive Velcro Strips
- Fine point craft knife
At the end of the construction, I will post the results with detailed instructions on how to make one yourself.
This should be fun!
If you decide to tag along, I would encourage some innovative customization and tweaking to make your design a bit more personal. The whole idea is to have fun and take photographs with a camera that you build yourself and end up with a camera that will hopefully make some nice pinhole photographs.
Watch my posts for the results!
This is the WPPD PosterI I created for this years event – 2017.
Get a 2017 WPPD poster here: 2014 Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day – Promo Posters
My book – Rethinking Digital Photography
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