28 May, 2008

Take a break. Download a camera.

10:03 AM

Read through del.icio.us this morning, discover this interesting tag from corbis (one of the well known Image Stock site). They have this cute little D.I.Y. pinhole camera for download.

Hey. It's not a digital camera, of course you need to buy a roll of film.

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Take a break from your computer! Download, print and build your own pinhole camera. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

What is a pinhole camera? How does it work?
A pinhole camera uses a very small hole to create a lens for the light to enter and expose the film. These Readymech Cameras can be downloaded and printed at your computer, built, and used to make your own pinhole camera!

How do I take a photo with a pinhole camera?
Set the camera on a firm surface and open the shutter for the correct amount of time, then close the shutter and wind the film.

How long should I expose my film for?
All camera instructions come with exposure times for various lighting conditions, but exposure times may vary depending on the type of film you're using.

My photos are coming out entirely grey or cloudy - how can I fix this?
There might be a light-leak in the construction of your camera. Try carefully taping any seams with black tape. Also, make sure that your cuts are very accurate.

What supplies do I need?
You will need:
• A printer
• Some good printer paper
• One thin cereal box for the light-safe interior
• A razor blade for cutting
• Some double-sided tape or glue
• Thin needle for making a pinhole
• Small piece of aluminum foil or soda can to puncture with the needle
• One new roll of film, preferably ISO200
• One film canister from which the film has been removed. You can empty a new roll, or get an empty canister at any photo supply store.
(text taken from corbis.readymech.com)

To download please click on link to visit corbis.