5 Yan, Tony, Pinhole Reflection

At first, we stayed in the conference looking at the landscape outside through a small hole; we made our own pinhole cameras by using our own boxes, and the process was so easy that the only things we need to do we’re making it light tight, poking a hole on a piece of metal, and making a cover; we load the photography paper inside the camera; we found locations that we would like to take pictures; and we open the shelter for 30 seconds then close it, and after developing your pictures through chemicals in the darkroom, your photo is done! For the first time, I believed that we can actually use a small shoe box to make great pictures. And that is the biggest thing I have learned. I also learned features of pinhole cameras which we can use to create more interesting pictures such as show shutter speed (ghosting), low point of view, vignetting… And the most important one, I learned how to work as a team with my partner, Bill. I learned how to fix problems together and how to create amazing ideas together.

The main issue this time is that the time controlling is completely messed up. At first, the exposed time was perfect, but at the second time, the paper was too white, which means too less exposed time. We kept adding the exposed time until the paper went on all black. And then we kept subtracting time until it worked. The reason that we kind of messed up with the time was that we didn’t record the data for each time. Next time, I think we should record the data every time properly, so that we can fix our mistakes as quick as possible. The most important success of the project is that our camera has it’s own built-in advantage—it’s a good camera. So it creates good images. And if we had more time, I think I will make more interesting photos, to be more creative.

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