Whether it is a fashion shoot, portraiture, or a picture that doesn’t involve the use of people as subjects at all, I really enjoy shooting spaces and certainly pull the best inspiration from the locations I happen to find access to. Environments can provide needed design elements and also drive narrative, which I really love to have in any picture I make. Finding great locations is tough, especially in Southern California on low budgets, and for aspiring architectural photographers finding beautiful interiors to photograph is equally difficult. When things do work out, though, all of your scouting and unsolicited emails and asking other’s about their favorite locations—it’s all worth it. And if you want to build a real estate, architecture, and interiors book getting those beautiful spaces that look professionally staged is invaluable.
World Pinhole Day 2013 was a few weeks ago. April 28th to be exact, as it always falls on the last Sunday of April. This was my first opportunity to participate and have been excited about it for the past few months—since I first came across it a few weeks into my current homemade camera obsession.
The idea is that on the last Sunday of April pinholers from around the world would create images using whatever type of pinhole they want and then eventually upload for all of the pinhole community to see. There are also get-togethers and workshops and such, though I wasn’t able to attend any near me. We did, however, make an image which I immediately processed and then due to travel, eventually scanned and posted several days later.
Anyone who knows me is familiar with my ridiculous standards for sharpness and clarity in my images. Pinhole cameras inherently result in soft images…..I’m ok with it. :]
Continual exploration of my balcony and beautiful model. ~f/232 @ ~4 seconds. Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros in hc-110 (5mins @20c).
Thought perhaps this would be a good time to re-post this bts video from a portfolio shoot…
My latest project has been building the perfect pinhole camera for 4×5 format. Here is the second prototype in action. It’s seeing an improved shutter over the first prototype—as in, it actually has something more than a piece of tape—as well as a different “focal length” in the interest of determining what is the actual optimal aperture to film plane distance.
This post is simply a preview likely to be followed up with a PDF on everything from design to construction to use. For the sake of a brief overview, however, we are looking at a 4×5 pinhole constructed out of 1/2″ birch plywood with dado-rabbet joints for light trapping, 1/32″ balsa for the sliding shutter, and a .016″ laser cut pinhole from Lenox Laser. I know—cheating, right? Not in the interest of sharp photos no matter what the camera. Admittedly a weakness of mine, but what can I say. Plus, the customer service there is amazing.
Total cost—somewhere around $30 in materials.
Planned improvements for the next prototype—implementation of a mechanical shutter release so a plunger will operate the slide rather than my hand, tripod mounts for landscape or portrait orientation, and continuing to chase down that optimal “focal length”.
And of course this is just a stepping stone to my next project of building a view camera. Question is, 4×5 or 8×10?
A quick beach test shoot with extra talented model and actress Daniella Grace.