In the end, we also succed to make an positive photos. Although we need to control the time carefully because our camera were small. But we still succeed. I should thanks to my teamamte Sophia. We succeed because of our hard worls.
Pinhole cameras are amazing, I can even think about it at first. I finally know how cameras work, and I even learn how to build one!!! The successes and failures gave me experiences, the first was my camera is not light tight. So I spent time to fix it, and I succeeded! I might take more interesting pictures if I have time.
It’s a fantastic three weeks for my teammate Sophia and me. We learnt how people in the middle century using the technique of pinhole cameras. We learned how to take photos and how to use pinhole camera to make some special technique such as ghosting. We make many negative photos and few of succeed positive photos.
Me and my camera
The first group of pictures show Jasmine sitting on the playground with a soccer ball, and the second group of pictures of pictures use goasting and they are successful.
Team Pinhole Camera
Dark room experience
I never tried darkroom photography before, and this project offered me a chance to get in touch with it. Jasmine and I created our own pinhole camera with a small metal box together, at the first, our camera is light-leaking, the test paper was almost all black, but our camera can work well after we improved the shutter .
Our camera needs 30 seconds of exposure on a sunny day, and this time is very stable., this is where we feel successful. What was not that nice is that the camera is small. If there’s a condition and time, I’d like to shoot a double exposure photo of me and myself boxing.
Dark Room Experience
I never think students can make camera until when I come to Mrs.Scarff’ Lesson. And then we started to make ourself’s camera. Actually it not difficult to make camera, But it has little bit difficult to make sure it works perfectly.
Our camera unfortunately it’s not working.In that cases, I use Mrs.Scarff’s camera.It must loading very carefully.
Which means light can not touch photograph paper. If light hit the paper, it’s failed.When loading was finish I have idea what should I do right now.
My idea is to create a ghost!But it need to control the time. And also can not keep very closer to the camera.Then I give the camera three different pose each ten seconds. Finish take picture, then I go back to darkroom to develop the picture. Actually I was really enjoy the process of develop. Finally I use lamp to make it positive. Only one hit is enough.
Finally it must be a perfect positive one.
In this project, I understand that photography is not only an expensive-equipment-only skill. It can be done by simple boxes. It comes from real life, and beautify the real life. It can be done by very cheap devices, as long as we process it. I think I would remember the way of building pinhole camera. And the idea of art of recycling, which has inspired me to try out new stuff instead of sticking on a conservative point. The camera, the darkroom and the cool pictures, they all come from normal daily materials. They are available all the time. But I never thought of transforming them into artworks.Also, the whole procedure isn’t as complicated as I thought. This whole subject isn’t as hard as I thought. Now I feel more confident to try new things freely.
We successfully built a light tight camera, but it didn’t take nice pictured. The exposure time was totally unpredictable. But I liked the photo taken from it. In the future, I want to try different materials to build a pinhole camera. Also I want to practice ghosting and vignetting. Also, I want to play with light and shadow more. I think it is super cool to from a picture just by black and white.