WE LOVE PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY!
Well, the results are in and it's final. We love pinhole photography! Yes, we made mistakes. Yes, we would have liked a few more photos to have come out better but hey, it's all about the taking part right? And if anything, we have learnt a lot from our first encounter with the Sharan STD-35e pinhole camera kit.
If you haven't seen it already, check out our first post 5 Tips For Better Pinhole Photography. But we thought it only fair to share a couple of our images with you, using the listed exposure settings and a 100 ISO film. Here's what we learnt!
1. - We found that when we followed the exposure times given on the back of the camera, a few of our images were underexposed. The one above was taken in shadow on a clear sunny day, and we used the longest exposure time of 4 seconds.
2 - If your taking any images indoors, it's probably best to overexpose. At least that way you will get a half decent result, instead of just black. The image below was taken in our store and we used 10 seconds to expose the window, but unfortunately none of our other interior shots of the shop worked. Using the night setting of 5 minutes, would have yielded better results.
3 - Remember that you may only get half the amount of images than normal and if you're experimenting, you may only have half of those you would be happy to upload onto Flickr!
4 - Why not live on the edge and try an expired film? We used a budget 35mm film that had expired in February of '99! You never know what extra characteristics it may add.
5 - This final point is an important one to bear in mind. The size of an exposed frame in a pinhole camera can be slightly larger than a standard 35mm image. Also, the gaps between each frame are larger and can vary in size depending on how much you wind the film forward. Ultimately, this means you will have to find either a film processing company who will happily scan your negatives for you, or you will need a scanner that will allow you to cut and scan your own frames. If you have a scanner you can try Bristol Cameras who are very affordable and scan your own negatives. If not, we recommend the good people at Photographique.