Build Your Own Matchbox Pinhole Camera Sunday 12 February

The workshop is led by designer of the Matchbox Camera and avid pinhole photographer Chris McNulty. You will build your camera from a single A4 sheet of high quality kraft paper. 

Everyone attending the workshop will receive a Matchbox Camera kit, including film, and build it into a working pinhole camera. You will have to be comfortable using a sharp knife and ruler. 

Introductory price £20 per person. From 11am to 2pm on February 8th at Crownpoint Studios, Crownpoint Street, Glasgow. Call, text or E-mail chrismcnulty100@gmail.com to book a place. Places are limited to six.

See images taken with the camera on Twitter @papercamera.

Pinhole photographs 

Converting a box of matches into a pinhole camera has been a classic rainy day project for science students and the photo-curious for decades. Now for the first time PaperCamera.co.uk offers a brand new design in pinhole photography. With its long exposure times, the Matchbox Camera is perfect for still life, landscapes and ultra creative portraits.

Pinhole photography is a fantastic way for anyone to broaden their photographic horizons and explore their own creativity. See the world in a new way and go beyond the constraints of traditional lens based photography.

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact chrismcnulty100@gmail.com (chrismcnulty100@gmail.com), or call 07866560269, or visit https://www.papercamera.co.uk

MAKING A 4×5 PINHOLE CAMERA FROM A BOX

I get a lot of empty boxes from people who know I make pinhole cameras. Lately there has been a bit of a backlog. One stood out head and shoulder above the rest. A Paperchase Kraft gift box 190x190x110mm. Strong, sturdy and just the right size to take a 4×5 dark slide.

I get a lot of empty boxes from people who know I make pinhole cameras. Lately there has been a bit of a backlog. One stood out head and shoulder above the rest. A Paperchase Kraft gift box 190x190x110mm. Strong, sturdy and just the right size to take a 4×5 dark slide.

What you will need. A pen, knife, ruler, 4×5 dark slide and of course a box.

What you will need. A pen, knife, ruler, 4×5 dark slide and of course a box.

Measure the width of the dark slide

Measure the width of the dark slide

Mark the width of the dark slide on the box

Mark the width of the dark slide on the box

Mark a line to be removed to accept the dark slide

Mark a line to be removed to accept the dark slide

Remove the section where the dark slide will be inserted

Remove the section where the dark slide will be inserted

By removing a section from two ends the dark slide can be inserted and removed to expose the film

By removing a section from two ends the dark slide can be inserted and removed to expose the film

Bore a hole in the centre of the box. You can use a drill although this scalpel work just as well

Bore a hole in the centre of the box. You can use a drill although this scalpel work just as well

To calculate the focal length and diameter of pinhole required, measure the distance from the film to the inside face of the box. Use the PaperCamera charts a to calculate the pinhole diameter, f-number and recommended exposures

To calculate the focal length and diameter of pinhole required, measure the distance from the film to the inside face of the box. Use the PaperCamera charts a to calculate the pinhole diameter, f-number and recommended exposures

Follow our guide to making a pinhole here.

Follow our guide to making a pinhole here.

Apply glue to the aluminium containing your pinhole. Make sure that the glue does not cover the pinhole and position the pinhole over the hole you bored earlier

Apply glue to the aluminium containing your pinhole. Make sure that the glue does not cover the pinhole and position the pinhole over the hole you bored earlier

Secure the lid to the body of the box. A quick coat of paint and you are done. My camera took about an hour to make and cost nothing. 

Secure the lid to the body of the box. A quick coat of paint and you are done. My camera took about an hour to make and cost nothing. 

My box camera has a f-number of around 200 and the angle of view should be about 90 degrees

My box camera has a f-number of around 200 and the angle of view should be about 90 degrees

December 2016 has been great

For several seasons December has been a great month for PaperCamera.co.uk. 

Our first order placed by Diane Peterson 

Our first order placed by Diane Peterson 

This website for a start. Newly launched and beginning to grow with migrated content form the old site. It is great to see articles that were written a while ago finally being presented in such a fresh way.

The Matchbox Camera is now being stocked by the theshopofinterest.co.uk in Glasgow and our own online shop has also seen sales. which is very exciting. 

Thanks to everyone who has shown support for PaperCamera.co.uk

Pinholes away Ginger!!