Part 8 – Pinhole and Shutter Installation
This is the eighth of a number of posts devoted to the construction and the use of my 120 Matchbox Pinhole Camera.
Now that we have a pinhole, we can install the shutter. In the last post, we created a sandwich from the pinhole brass and the black construction paper. By now, it should be plenty dry.
Step 1 A and B – Apply a small amount of glue to the surface of the plate surrounding the pinhole aperture. Glue the pinhole plate to the inside front of the matchbox sleeve. Make sure that the pinhole is centered and that the glue does not get near the pinhole aperture. Turning the front of the sleeve so that it faces downward, place a small weight on the pinhole plate to hold it in place until the glue has dried.
Step 2 – Once the pinhole aperture is glued, apply a small amount of glue to the two areas marked – “Glue to Camera” on the shutter. Carefully adhere it to the front surface of the matchbox sleeve while centering it over the pinhole. Be careful not to allow the glue to spread into other areas of the shutter.
Step 3 – Loop the tongue back and pass it through the two slits as shown.
Set the assembled unit to the side and wait for the next post.
The next several posts will be used to discuss 120 film, load the film and assemble all of the pieces.
Previous Matchbox Pinhole Camera posts:
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