How to make a DIY Pinhole Lens using the Camera Body Cap

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Do you want to take some really vintage style pinhole pictures using your modern DSLR? If yes, here’s the right way to do so. The pinhole camera was the first camera which was invented back in the 5th century, essentially this camera does not require any kind of lens or glass in front of the photosensitive object.

The pinhole camera is basically a lightproof box with a fixed aperture and a very tiny hole which focuses light on the photosensitive object inside the box and produces an inverted image.

You can produce the same artsy images with your modern DSLR by making your own DIY pinhole lens. However, this type of photography does not take sharp pictures, it will always have slight fuzziness, blur and vignette but that what it is all about, taking vintage looking pictures and being creative.

Here is how you can make your own DIY pinhole lens for your DSLR camera:

Materials You Will Need:

• A DSLR or a mirrorless camera.
• Camera body cap.
• A drill and a drill bit.
• A soda can.
• A needle.
• A sandpaper.
• An adhesive tape.

Step 1:

You will need to drill a hole in the center of the body cap using a 6.35mm drill bit. Smooth out the edges of the hole using the sandpaper.

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Step 2:

Cut a small square piece of approximately 1.9 cm from the soda can. Using the needle make a very tiny hole in the center of the aluminum square piece. Don’t pass the needle all the way, you just need a tiny visible hole.

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Step 3:

Using the adhesive tape paste the small square piece right in the center, inside the cap.

Step 4 (optional):

You can spray black paint over the aluminum foil which will somewhat increase the image quality.

Step 5:

Attach the body cap to your camera and you are good to go.

• Shooting With The Pinhole Camera:

Switch your DSLR to manual mode. Set a low shutter speed like 1/15 of a second as you can not take pictures with high shutter speed using this technique, set the ISO somewhere around from 300-600.

That’s it! now you will be able to take some really great shots, make sure to share your pictures in the comment section below.

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