Want to turn back the clock on that expensive DSLR rig of yours, and transform it into a classic pinhole camera instead? Yes? Great, because what we have here, courtesy photo pro Stephanie Zettl, are instructions to do just that.
First, a parts list:
A Digital SLR Camera
Body Cap for your digital camera
Drill Bit (1/8") and Drill
Thin piece sheet metal
Fine sand paper
Black permanent marker
Black Electrical Tape
Next, a detailed set of assembly steps and settings instructions (tweaking required), which you can find and mull over here.
Zettl's results (using a tripod) include the photo above, and aren't too shabby, although she admits there's definitely some trial-and-error at play here:
Because there is no real way to see what your composition is, there is a bit of trial and error to get what you want. (Just another benefit of doing it with a digital camera.) I also plan on trying it again with a new "hole" that is both smaller and more uniform. I believe that some unevenness in the hole lead to greater distortion in the light rays as they entered the camera.
That said, experimenting and fine tuning are a fun part of the pinhole camera process. [Neil van Neikerk]