A pinhole camera uses a very small hole to create a lens for the light to enter and expose the film. These Readymech Cameras can be downloaded and printed at your computer, built, and used to make your own pinhole camera!
Q: How do I take a photo with a pinhole camera?
A: Set the camera on a firm surface and open the shutter for the correct amount of time, then close the shutter and wind the film.
Q: How long should I expose my film for?
A: All camera instructions come with exposure times for various lighting conditions, but exposure times may vary depending on the type of film you're using.
Q: My photos are coming out entirely grey or cloudy - how can I fix this?
A: There might be a light-leak in the construction of your camera. Try carefully taping any seams with black tape. Also, make sure that your cuts are very accurate.
Q: What supplies do I need?
A: You will need:
Some good printer paper
One thin cereal box for the light-safe interior
A razor blade for cutting
Some double-sided tape or glue
Thin needle for making a pinhole
Small piece of aluminum foil or soda can to puncture with the needle
One new roll of film, preferably ISO200
One film canister from which the film has been removed. You can empty a new roll, or get an empty canister at any photo supply store.
Q: Why are my photos cut up when they are developed?
A: Some developers use automatic cutters. Ask your local specialty developer to develop your photos, and instruct them not to cut the prints.
Q: Where did the images and illustrations come from on the cameras?
A: They are all exclusively from Corbis.
Q: Who designed the cameras?
A: Fwis, a small design firm based in NYC, created the concept for the flatpack paper cameras exclusively for their friends at Corbis! Yay!
Q: Will there be more in the series?
A: Yes, we will be periodically uploading new designs. Continue to check www.corbis.com/readycam for the latest and greatest.