“Bring the Camera to the Bedroom Darling…”

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Technical
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Ok so now I have your attention. I should make it clear that I’m not going to be showing you a boudoir session with the missus. Rather I’m going to show you how I made the bedroom into a fully functioning camera. Sorry if I appear to have misled you. There will be no provocative shots today. Ach well sure, maybe next time.

So again in class we were assigned a task to enhance our Photographic knowledge. For this project we were to build a camera from scratch. The only thing we couldn’t do was use a lens. Amidst the chaos of empty shoe-boxes, baked beans cans and biscuit tins. I decided that I would prefer to be inside the action to really understand what was going on. Since I’m far too big for a wee carton or container, I’d have to think outside of the cardboard box.  I wanted something I could walk around inside in. So there we have it, the reason I chose my bedroom.

This is how I set it up.

Black out the Window leaving a penny-sized hole.

Even though the window was not completely light-sealed, you should start to see the image projecting on the opposite wall or in my case, the wardrobe.

Fix any light leaks with black tape, you’re going to use plenty so stock up. I used everything from old bills and pizza boxes, to past birthday cards and even a magazine that was lying around. I hope someone had the chance to read it. For the print to take effect I knew I had t0 make a smaller hole. I made some apertures from a pinhole in a piece of tinfoil and attached it to card with plenty of black tape.

With the smaller aperture, you cant project so far from the light source. So I got a tripod and attached a cardboard mount for placing the Photo-sensitive paper closer to the light hole.

Make sure that there is no light in the room, except a red safe-light if you have one. I bought a red light bulb but it failed the paper test. Apparently not all red light bulbs will work. Be sure to check with Camera stores. You can buy a dedicated light here. Set up the dark room chemicals and use whatever space you can to be safe when the lights go off. At least in my room I can find the light switch when its dark. I had to do everything in the pitch black until at least 3 minutes of the print being in the Fix solution.

What it should look like..

Kitchen sink print wash

I’m almost there. I just have to remember to have a system in place to avoid all the possible reasons that could spoil my exposures, ie my girlfriend coming back from college early and opening doors and turning lights on. Safest thing I did was lock myself in and leave the key in the door.

The pinhole projecting the final image on to the photosensitive paper

Who would have thought this was possible from a blacked out window and a pinhole.

The final image took roughly 15 minutes to burn into the paper for the correct tonal values to be displayed.  The end result was pleasing to say the least and didn’t take as long as I thought to set up. And I didn’t get into as much trouble either from the missus. I definitely recommend you try this at home. Or anywhere you can find the space with a view.

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Comments
  1. oneshotbeary says:

    Brilliant stuff Shuttermaniac…

    • shuttermaniac says:

      Thanks oneshotbeary, comments always welcome. But be more critical next time! I cant get any better if folks keep complimenting me haha

  2. Geordie says:

    You should wipe the pizza off the boxes before you stick them up on the window next time.

    Also, If I was walking past a window with old pizza boxes taped to them and a bit of red light filtering out, I’d be thinking it was a den of iniquity.

    Which it probably is if you live there!

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