Home Photo Stories How to Capture Creative, High-Quality Pinhole Photography in Your Backyard

How to Capture Creative, High-Quality Pinhole Photography in Your Backyard

[embedded content]

Fine art photographer Martin Henson has published a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at his pinhole photography process that highlights the results you can get when you use a high-quality camera, you get creative, and you know what the heck you’re doing. The result is a masterclass in capturing high-quality pinhole photography that actually qualifies as fine art.

Typically, pinhole photography results are not at a level one would consider professional. But that’s not necessarily the pinhole’s fault. As Henson shows in this video, you can capture extremely high-quality, creative imagery using a proper pinhole camera and good technique. In fact, Henson maintains that you can capture images with a pinhole camera that are impossible with other methods.

In this video, he uses a 4×5-inch pinhole camera and Ilford FP4 film with the addition of an orange filter to cut down the blue in the sky.

In order to capture a properly exposed frame, Henson metered his shot for 100 ISO to compensate for the orange filter, which gave him a reading of 1/15s at f/22. He then converted that reading to an aperture of f/216 to get an exposure of 6.5 seconds. Finally, he used a reciprocity timer to calculate the final exposure, which comes out to 12 seconds for the film he’ll be using.

The resulting print, which is available for purchase on eBay, is titled “Chaos” and it shows a flower bed in Henson’s backyard as seen from below:

“I think, from this video, two things can be learned,” says Henson by way of conclusion. “You have to experiment with a camera like this to get pictures differently; but it also shows how versatile the pinhole camera can be when used in a different way.”

The end result is exceptional, and Henson does a great job of both instructing and inspiring users to experiment and try something different. Check out the full video up top to see the process from start-to-finish, and if you want to see more, Henson released a video titled “All About Pinhole Photography” last month that is well worth your time.

To see more from Henson, head over to his website, check out his various photography forums, or give his channel a follow on YouTube.

(via Reddit)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Tokina Unveils 17-35mm f/4 for Nikon F and Canon EF

While some might not find this announcement as exciting as a new mirrorless lens, Tokina has unveiled the atx-i 17-35mm f/4 full-frame lens for...

This Guy Watercooled His Canon R5 and Unlocked Unlimited 8K

The Canon R5’s overheating time limit has been the subject of much discussion and controversy. Regardless of how or why the overheating happens, Matthew...

Are These The Best Cameras You Can Buy for Under $1,000?

It’s probably easier for most photography fans to point to the best cameras on the market, not the ones that offer the most value...

Panasonic’s Firmware Updates For All S-Line Cameras Improves Autofocus Yet Again

Panasonic has published a firmware update for all four Panasonic S full-frame cameras. The S1, S1R, and S1H all see improvements to autofocus to...

Editors’ Picks: Best Photo Gear 2020

Our annual selection of the best photo gear for 2020 includes the top cameras and lenses introduced this year that we feel represent the...