Back in December, I was given a pinhole camera set (P-Sharan) to play around with, along with a roll of 36 exposure Ektar 100 film. I don’t know anything about film! The last time I used it was in elementary school; I had a disposable camera when my family went camping in Yellowstone National Park. You know how people make you look at their vacation photos, and they’re bad but you don’t say anything? Mine were SO bad, people DID say something!! It probably had to do with my giant finger or thumb being in every frame :P
Shooting with a cardboard camera that I assembled myself, instead of my Canon T2i dSLR, was really different but extremely fun once I got started. It took me over an hour to assemble, because I kept second guessing myself (but if you do this with a youtube tutorial instead of just the paper instructions like I did, it’s probably easier and faster!)….and probably I spent 20 minutes just trying to peel the double sided tape off its sheet! But this thing works shockingly well, and it’s amazing how whoever designed the P-Sharan pinhole camera planned out its packaging. Everything folds only one way and the way it should, ever compartment fits in to the other perfectly. It’s amazing, really. The kind of awe that IKEA would inspire with their packaging ingenuity. But this is not a packaging post. The camera came with a guide that tells how long to keep the shutter open (a physical sliding door at the front of the camera) for different environments….sunlight, cloudy days, indoors, night, etc, according to the ISO of your film.
Now I could tell I was doing it wrong while I was doing it, but too scared to mess it up that I just… you know…messed it up! I counted deliberately slow, because I was scared to underexpose my shots, and ended up completely overexposing them! So much so that it’s all white! 10/36 shots were 100% overexposed. 8 were underexposed or so abstract in the ugly way that I just will NOT upload those. The remaining 8 were pretty cool! It’s definitely Instagram-y, with the way the colors look and the heavy vignettes that pinhole cameras always give. Coincidentally, 7/8 of these photos are from Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn intrinsically linked with Instagram-y retro style shoddy photographs. Since I have so few, I’m posting my whole Flickr Set for them.
I definitely like the soft feel and weird colors that the pinhole camera and film give you.
My sister’s office in Williamsburg:
Blue Bottle, a place with good cold brew coffee, super flavorful….but elitist, snobby “artisans” run this place and charge tons of money for a cup. Very underexposed.
This building had a crack down the middle, a la House of Usher.
Last one! The only photo in this set that is in Manhattan (Fulton St.). I was pointing it at the same area as the main photo in the Phoneography: My Neighborhood post.