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Keep Busy In Lockdown With Free Pinhole Photography Tutorials

Learn the simple art of pinhole photography with the help of pinhole camera expert Justin Quinnell who's put together a free-to-access website full of useful techniques.

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Keep Busy In Lockdown With Free Pinhole Photography Tutorials: Camera Obscura


Justin Quinnell, a world leader in pinhole photography for the past 30 years has compiled his 30 years’ experience of practising pinhole photography on a rebuilt, accessible website. contains free instructions and information on making cameras and taking images using this historical technique, from easy to make room Camera Obscuras, cameras that do 24 colour images, 6-month exposure cameras made from beer cans to how to make a pinhole video from a DSLR camera. 

The PDFs and videos are designed to show enthusiasts and educators alike how to explore this historical technique. Plus, the instructions for creating DIY cameras are something many of us can follow to keep ourselves busy in lockdown. 

"Many of the experiments and designs are my own inventions, often a result of looking at my recycling box! Two of the best are the cereal box Obscura or 'actual reality headset' and a pinhole camera for photographing day exposures of the sun made from a tetra pack container," says Justin.  

Subjects covered include:

  • Making a pinhole - Materials and techniques for pinhole construction
  • Colour film - Using colour film for pinhole cameras
  • Photographic paper - Pinhole cameras using photographic paper
  • Using Flash - Methods of using handheld flash 
  • Awfullogrammes - How to perfect this 'awful' technique
  • Solargraphy - A guide to mastering 1 day to 6-month exposures
  • DSLR / Video - Using a pinhole on a DSLR and creating pinhole videos

There's also a section on Camera Obscuras, alternative photography and workshops (for when we can go on them again). 

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