Exploring Photography with Kids: Pinhole Cameras

Hi Folks! This week we are exploring photography with kids. Today we have a couple of links to instructions on how to make a pinhole camera:

Pinhole cameras were one of the earliest types of cameras. They use the principle of “camera obscura,” in which light travels through a small hole in a dark box to form a picture. It’s the same science that today’s cameras use.  (Kids National Geographic)

Follow the instructions on this website to make a pinhole camera and to learn how cameras really work: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/books/pinhole-camera/

(Feature Image Credit: National Geographic Kids)

Note: this National Geographic Kids tutorial shows you how the cameras work by projecting the image upside down onto the wax paper. 

To make an actual photograph (involving developing) follow the more advanced tutorial on Instructables:

You will need:

A box (best to use a black one if you have it), photo paper, a thin piece of metal like a can or brass shim, tape, x-acto knife, needle, and sand paper.

For developing the image, you will need developer, fixer, water, tongs, towels, and a safe light in you dark room (orange or red bulb works best.)

And somehow for taking the image…difficult this time of year in Berlin…you will also need a sunny day!


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