How to make a dippold pinhole camera Materials

How to make a
dippold pinhole
1 x A4 sheet of cardboard
1 x elastic band
Template printed on plain white
1 x #10 sewing needle
A roll of Fujicolor Superia 200
Craft glue
Film spool (you can use one
from inside a roll of film)
Black gaff tape
Aluminium foil
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Glue the blank side of the template
paper onto a sheet of cardboard.
Cut along the outside of each piece.
(Don’t cut along the yellow lines as
they will become folds later.) Also
cut out any white shapes inside the
camera pieces.
Match the ‘e’ rectangles to the grey
shaded rectangles of ‘c’ and paste
into place. The ‘c’ piece should have
a completely black surface when
you complete this step.
Apply glue to the cardboard side of
the ‘f’ piece, then fold in half horizontally, to form a black rectangle
with a green spot on one side.
Repeat step 4 for piece ‘g’.
Select piece ‘c’ with the black side
facing up. Fold each section upward
along the yellow lines to meet at
Cut 4 pieces of gaff tape approximately 1 cm in width, and 3-4 cm in
Seal corners of piece ‘c’ with strips of
tape, removing any additional tape
protruding from corner seams. (This
is to stop the light getting inside your
camera.) Note that ‘c’ has an additional section with a circle in the middle
that does not need to be sealed down
with tape.
Repeat steps 6-8 on piece ‘b’ which
will become the front of your camera.
Holding the eye of your needle like
a pencil, carefully press the point
through the foil making a tiny hole in
the centre of the circle in piece ‘b’.
Check the hole by looking through the
circle on the other side. It should be
barely visible!
Select piece ‘b’, positioning it lengthways in front of you. Place ‘a’ lengthways in the centre of ‘b’, so that the
side with the smaller squared hole, is
facing downwards.
Repeat steps 6-8 on piece ‘a’.
Place the square of aluminium over
the circle on the black inside of ‘b’.
Secure with a small strip of gaff tape
on both the left and right sides of the
Loading the film
Hold the film in your right hand and
pull the film out gently with you left
hand until approximately 20 sprockets are showing at the top. (Note this
film is now exposed and needs to be
wound on once inside the sealed camera.)
Sticky tape the end of the exposed film
to the middle of the spool so that it
fits neatly between the two wheels.
(Make sure you hold the spool so the
long end is at the top. It should look
something like a man wearing a top
Load film into ‘b’ with the original roll
of film feeding right to left into the
spool, over ‘a’. Make sure the long end
(‘hat’) of the spool is fed though the
left hole on the top of piece ‘b’.
Turn the ‘hat’ of the spool clockwise
so that can see the film winding onto
the spool. Two full rotations will be
Assembling your camera
Fit ‘c’ over ‘b’ so that it becomes the
back of the camera. The long section should easily wrap over the front
of the camera, with the two circular
holes aligning.
Feed ‘d’ through the slit of ‘c’ at the
front, top fold. Make sure that the circle end of ‘d’ is at the bottom and you
can pull the tab through the slit with
ease, creating a shutter for your camera. (Unlike the other pieces, it does
not matter if the black or coloured
side is facing the front of the camera;
it’s for you to decide what looks best.)
Hold ‘d’ to the body of ‘b’ while you
wrap a rubber band around the camera twice, crossing over at the back.
This keeps the front section of ‘c’
firmly in place.
Place ‘f’ inside the top of the spool
so the green dot is visible at the top
of your camera. Place ‘g’ inside the
top of the film roll so the red dot is
visible. Use ‘f’ to turn the spool clockwise to wind film on. One full rotation
is the length of one photograph.
Wind one full rotation after each
Handy Hints
• Depending on the quality of the gaff tape you have purchased, it may peel away while
you are constructing you camera. You can use pegs to hold the gaff tape in
• place while you continue to assemble other pieces if needed.
• If you are worried about light getting into your camera through the seams, cover any
present gaps with sticky tape to be sure.
• The length of exposure when taking a photo
varies depending on the film you’ve used inside. Use this guide to decide on how long to
expose your photo. Remember to keep the
camera still!
• To get the film out of your camera, simple
wind it back into the film roll, turning the ‘g’
piece anticlockwise.
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