I bought a Brownie Flash Camera 7 years ago, but I never had the occasion to use it. I have decided to turn it into a pinhole camera. Just to try. I am not a handywoman. Not at all. But doing that seemed to be easy for someone like me. Remember: my twenty fingers and I!
I used a piece of 2×2 cm tin can and made a hole with a small screw driver. Unfortunately, I hit it too strong. The hole was too big: a screwdriverhole camera is born! Halleluia!
I had another problem with this camera.The rewinding system was broken, The film was stuck at the same place and could not be loaded in a proper way. I had to demount the mechanism and replace with …. another screwdriver! Of course, I have used joints to prevent light leaks in the camera.
I was in a hurry to test this camera. So I shot the whole film on my balcony, developed it with Caffenol-C.
As I did not know the aperture of my new pinhole camera, I used my feelometer to determine the exposure…. Hum, Hum! I really have to calibrate it!
As expected, the negative was over exposed and a strong vignetting effect appeared. I will post the results soon…
This experience made me want to improve it. Next time, I will use aluminium food packaging to be able to use a needle. Maybe I will scan the pinhole to determine the aperture and to be able to get a better exposure of the film. Luck will do the rest.And if I am really motivated, I will buy the perfect size of pinhole for the Brownie Camera focal length here.
I have to master technically the pinhole process to get into the aesthetic part of photography, to see what can be done. This is my feeling.