Creative Collective 011: (Pin)Hole-Y Macro!

It’s nearly Christmas, and a lot of people have time off of work at this time of the year. While this is a wonderful season for many reasons, there’s a chance that at some point you might find yourself a little bored. If you do, this article could be just what you need, because we’re going to do something fun and crazy. We’re going to capture surreal images without a lens!

Below is a photograph that I captured using a homemade pinhole “lens” (pictured above) that takes peculiar pictures. In this article I’ll show you how you can do this yourself—no special tools or skills required. It’s cheap (probably free, in fact), easy, and fun. All you need is an interchangeable-lens camera and a body cap.

Let’s do some homemade pinhole macro photography!

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  1. Tim Walters · December 22, 2021

    This is very cool, and you got some great results! Do you think there’s any danger of letting dust into the camera? I guess it’s not as dangerous that way as free-lensing…

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 23, 2021

      The hole is very small, so it’s not likely for dust to get in, but it is certainly possible. I wouldn’t store the camera with the pinhole cap on, and I wouldn’t use it on a windy day. But otherwise it should be fine.

  2. Jeremy Clifton · April 8, 2022

    Very interesting… I ended up with an extra body cap and tried the same thing, but wasn’t pleased with the results. Now I’m inspired to try again using your trick of putting tape over the hole and using a pin to create the pinhole!

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 8, 2022

      The tape-over-hole and pin made a difference for sure. Results were still mediocre, but I captured a couple pictures that I was happy with.

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