AREKU’s guide to pinhole photography

Photography is one of my major hobbies. Once a time I used to work very much and often with photography, until music took the upper hand.
However, I do still love to take my gear out and fire some shots. Also, I’m a big fan of DIY.
So why not combine those two?

For those of you who knows your photographic history, the pinhole-camera is nothing new.  And this DIY have been done over and over again throughout history – however, I’m not sure that my fan base might know about it, and here I am to introduce it to you.
But WHY should you build such a simple “lens” like this?
First off – because it’s fun!  Nothing (well, there is some other things..) makes you sleep better at night than knowing that you’ve built something yourself.
Second, the pinhole is such an important part in the history of photography, that anyone who is interested in the artsof photo, should take some time to try it.

Now, HOW?

What you’ll need:
Areku pinhole lens* A body cap for your camera of choice – in my case a Nikon. ‘
* Black tape
* A little bit cardboard
* A needle
* A drill

First, drill a hole in the body cap. Make sure to keep it fairly centered.

IMG_1835[1](very fairly…)

Next step, put a bit of cardboard to cover the hole, and then put some black tape on top of that.
IMG_1837[1]  IMG_1838[1]

Now, time to poke a small hole into the tape and cardboard. You want this as centered as possibly. The size of the hole will determine how much light that hits the sensor/film per second, it functions just like the aperture of any other lens.
You may want to begin with a very small hole, and then experiment your way towards the optimal size.
Remember is that the bigger the hole, the less depth of field.
A very compact “lens”!


So just try! IMG_1841[1]

Here is some shots I took this evening. There is much room for improvement, but indoors at night is not optimal for such a primitive “lens”.


So.. There’s plenty of possibilities to experiment with this very (VERY) simple little build.


9 Responses to “AREKU’s guide to pinhole photography

  • And it may have been very carefully explained. AREKU are accustomed to teacher. It anyone pinhole camera will make if there is this description. So you are well explained. And photos you’ve taken with pinhole camera is nice there is a taste. I There is a good that can not take an ordinary camera. Usual casual landscape will change in fantastic landscape. It will be a … fantasy world like … dollhouse I mean … what. I love the photos and things of this kind of taste. I tried to write the first impressions I have become to long. I am sorry.

    • Long responses is good!
      I’m happy to read your thoughts! And thanks for the kind words ^^/

      • Thank you for the reply.(=^0^=) I’m glad to Could pleased with my clumsy sentence. I was not good at summarized in a short statement impressions and encounters to those impressed from the old days. Manuscript paper was necessary than the person in writing of the time of the student.(^_^;)

      • Thank you for the reply. I’m glad to Could pleased with my clumsy sentence. I was not good at summarized in a short statement impressions and encounters to those impressed from the old days. Manuscript paper was necessary than the person in writing of the time of the student.

  • Wow, your such a creative person Areku I love it!
    music, jewelery making, photography, and you made a guitar! <3
    I don't know much about cameras or the lingo with their use, an many of my photo's in the past have ended up ruined because I had my fingers in the lenses and didn't realize it…embarrassing!
    If i had a spare lens cap this would be something I'd like to try and experiment with. so perhaps one day!

    • Thank you!
      Creative or not, I’m just doing what I love and keep on learning new things! ^^
      A new camera body cap (which I used, not sure how well a lens cap would do) is fairly cheap, around 5 dollars or so at max. So if you have the time and money, it’s great fun for very little money ^^

      • I think that is the important part here- you do what you love- and continue to learn despite any preconceived notions that you are or are not creative!
        It’s a breath of fresh air from the many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t draw” or I’m not creative”.I still have a lot to learn and only practice is going to fix that.

        I’d also would really love to buy and learn guitar someday, it’s just unaffordable to me right now-but maybe one day!

        As for the lens cap, I may have used a poor choice of words concerning camera equipment, but I take it you were talking about the cap that covers the lens piece when its not in use, Yes? ^^

        I was going to add in my first reply that if attempted this I would want to buy a spare cap, but I left it out it seems. Likely got left out because i got carried away with my “fingers in the lens” story. XD

        Thank you so much for such thoughtful replies. I tend to hesitate in commenting on these things,but lately I’ve really been trying to push myself to communicate more and felt that you should know your blog here is really thoughtful and I really enjoy hearing what you have to discuss here. So keep it up!


        • As I see it; if there’s something you want to do, but you can’t do it 8since you haven’t learned it yet) there’s only two choices avaible: learn how to do it, or move on. Thinking “I wish I could do this” is sadly mostly a waste of time.

          I hope that you someday can learn guitar, or play music in any way suitable for you, as it’s a great way to open your mind and getting new insights.

          Ah, regarding the cap-question: I suggest that one use the body cap (that’s the cap one can place on the camera body when there’s no lens attatched to the body. Here’s a picture of a camera with a body cap:, but I think it’s possible to use a lens cap for this experiment as well. I haven’t tried it myself, but as a fair guess I would say that it is possible to get similar results.

          I’m very thankful for you taking the step to comment, and I hope that your comments will make others more willing to leave comments as well!

          • I very much have to agree with you, wishing is wasted energy that could be put to use in actually trying to learn whatever it is you wished to learn.Energy better spent learning/trying then just wishing ^^

            I will just have to use that time till i can purchase the instrument on researching what I would like ^^

            Oh my I was very off on what that cap was! (laughs embarrassed x2)
            I know nothing about cameras so this has been a great help in learning terminology of the camera, thank you for that link!

            I do hope that my comment will bring others to comment more as well

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