Pinhole photography with Diana F+ camera

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My first pinhole camera was made out of a tin can, it didn't take pictures but I was fascinated by the inverted image projected on the tracing paper covered at the other end of the tin can. It was soft and dreamy.

I have always wanted to try pinhole photography. A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with a tiny hole less than 1mm in diameter. With such a small aperture, the amount of light is little and it requires a very long time to expose the film or digital sensor.   

My first attempt at pinhole photography was with the Lomography Diana F+, it has an aperture setting of 'P' which stands for pinhole. At that time I was guessing the exposure period and it turned out that most of the shots were either overexposed or very underexposed. 

Wire FencePinhole photography, where almost everything is in focus, almost.    P.O BoxesPost boxes in front of a block of apartments Vespa in front of cafeAn Italian icon

After some looking around, I found a smartphone app that calculates the exposure time for the pinhole camera. I decided to push it further by using a slide film and cross process the film. Cross processing is the film development process in which a positive film, i.e. slide film, is processed with the negative film chemical, i.e. C-41, resulting in high colour saturation. There were some light leaks in this roll as the film was not rolled tightly in the spool. It's one of the characteristics of Lomography.  

Flinders Street StationSlow shutter on pinhole By the YarraLight leaks when I tried to wind the film, apparently it was not tight enough and light got in.

Federation Square Quiet day at the square

I recently bought a pinhole lens that fits into my Canon EOS cameras (both digital and film) and I am currently working on gaining more control on making the pictures to match the images I have in my mind. In other words, I am practising with my digital camera. So, watch this space. 


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