Pinhole Photography is the simplest form of photography. It’s basically a camera with a pinhole for a lens. A pinhole camera is pretty easy and dates back to 1544 when an astronomer made a pinhole camera to make images of a solar eclipse. Modern photographers often make or buy a pinhole lens for their digital camera. It’s easy to do, but it takes a lot of patience.
I use a homemade maple box that takes 4×5 sheet film in traditional holders or a Polaroid 4×5 back for peel apart film. My pinhole lens is made from a very thin piece of brass. You can buy very nice cameras at specialty camera stores that use traditional roll film.
It’s just a lot fun. Check out Zero Image, their cameras might be a little too perfect. Check out pinhole.org for some inspiration.
Instant photography is alive and well, thanks to the Impossible Project. I am absolutely in love with instant photography. I have a couple of cameras and they are tons of fun. The camera lenses are not sharp, the color is never accurate, and exposure is not even close. It’s perfect for me.
The Kodak Duaflex series of cameras represents a very interesting era in consumer photography. Photography was still of a new thing when introduced. They are easy to use and they only have one shutter speed, one aperture. Some models have a do have a Kodar lens that has zone focusing and three apertures. They are a pseudo-TLR camera. Meaning that the viewing lens and taking lens are not linked. Focusing the taking lens does not change the focus on the taking lens.
I absolutely love this camera. It’s completely impractical in these days of digital photography, but photography is all about the process. We as photographers have our own process to get our pictures.