[C]ouple of days ago I started thinking about what the most basic camera was, turns out it is just a light tight box with a hole and a piece of film on the other end. I wanted to build one in order to explain exposure on some YouTube videos, replacing the film with the body of a digital camera for illustration's sake when I realized I had an Epson RD1 body cap and that I could build my own DIY pinhole camera for fun (the one on the YT video will be different) since I am still waiting for my Jupiter 8 from Russia.
I searched the house for something strong and pointy and found a cornholder (please don't tell my wife) and burned the edge and made a whole in the cap. Since I made the whole too big, I had to tape a piece of fake leather on it and made a smaller hole. Here's what it looks like:
The Epson RD1 is fun to use by itself but it becomes 5 times more fun when it has the pinhole cap on. I had no clue of what I was framing, if the exposure was correct, but I really didn't care, it was so much fun I felt like a kid with a camera.
Since the pinhole is an extremely small hole opening (a pinhead's) there needed to be a lot of time for the exposures, I left the camera at ISO 1600 (quite the film like quality) and most exposures were at around a second to half a second, the blurriness only added to the charm of the photographs.
Below is an attempt at a portrait, you can make out the face but it was an overcast day and I maxed out the ISO and could not go beyond 1 second handheld.
My wife asked me if I was really taking a picture since there was nothing protuding of the camera. It does look a bit funky, but I like the flat look, remind me of the new 40mm pentax pancake.