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Creating Amazing Pinhole Photography In Your Garden Is A Great Way To Get Creative In Lockdown

Photographer Martin Henson has been experimenting with pinhole photography in his back garden and he's keen to show you how versatile and pleasing the medium can be.

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If, like us, you've been thinking of more ways to photograph creatively during lockdown then pinhole photography might have crossed your mind. It's possible to make a basic pinhole camera yourself, or you might be lucky enough to own a slightly more robust setup, like the photographer who's the subject of the above video.

Fine art photographer Martin Henson has been using his pinhole setup to capture shots of his garden, and the results are stunning. Pinhole photography can be very hit and miss, with results ending up a little off par. Don't let this put you off, though, as Martin shows here that it's not always the fault of the camera. With some careful planning, a decent setup and good technique, amazing results are possible. 

In the video a 4x5-inch pinhole camera and Ilford FP4 film are used, and Martin has also used an orange filter to balance out the blue of the sky. He sets the camera up facing the sky. 

Calculating the correct exposure for the shot was tricky. Martin metered at ISO 100, which told him that he needed to use f/22and shoot at a speed of 1/15 seconds. He converted the reading to an aperture of f/216, to get the exposure up to 6.1 seconds. He then used a reprocity timer to calculate the overall exposure for the film he was using, which was 12 seconds. 

Reciprocity determines the reaction time of light-sensitive material - by timesing together the intensity and duration of light you can calculate the correct exposure time. 

Martin says that it's important to experiment with a pinhole camera to enable you to be able to capture different images that work. Pinhole cameras can also be more versatile than you might think. 

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This is the finished result, which was available to purchase on eBay, and sold for a whopping £234! 

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