Arturo Fuentes Exuisitos Wooden Cigar Box Pinhole Camera
Handmade wooden cigar box pinhole camera
5 x 5" photographic paper negative
6 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 3" (tall)
March 15, 2010
.013 In. or .32 mm
This has turned out to be one of my favorite paper negative pinhole cameras. I like it so much I decided to write it into my book Pinhole Cameras: A Do-It-Yourself Guide, which will give detailed instructions on how to make this camera. I selected this box for numerous reasons. It's nicely made with quality cedar wood that has artful tongue and groove joints, it has an inner flange that makes the box light tight, it has nice metal hardware to keep the box securely closed when loaded with a paper negative and it's the perfect height.
In my book (Pinhole Cameras: A Do-It-Yourself Guide) I cover all sorts of cool new ideas for making and using do-it-yourself pinhole cameras. The Pony tripod clamp pictured above is just one exmples what you'll find in the book. I've found that this mount clamp keeps the camera more stable (still) on the tripod than attaching a 1/4-20 socket to the camera. Granted it's a bit more gear to lug around with you, but if you've made more than one cigar box camera, you can use it on all of them.
Black and white 5x5 inch photographic paper negative pinhole photograph of two girls (N&R) on the rocky shorline near the beach at Las Gaviotas, Baja California. 35-40 second exposure using Arista EDU Semi-matte photo paper and developed in Kodak Dektol.
Black and white 5x5 inch photographic paper negative pinhole photograph of two girls (N&R) sitting on the stairs of beach front home at Las Gaviotas, Baja California, Mexico - 45 second exposure using Freestyle Arista EDU Grade 2 RC Semi-Matte photo paper. Developed in Kodak Dektol.
Black and white photographic paper negative pinhole photograph of two girls standing along the rocky shoreline with the Pacific ocean water moving over the rocks. 35 second exposure using Freestyle Arista EDU Semi-Matte photo paper and developed in Kodak Dektol.
Over exposed black and white photographic paper negative pinhole photograph of two girls sitting on the polished beach rocks along the shoreline near Las Gaviotas in Baja California, Mexico. 40 second exposure in bright mid-day sunlight.
Black and white photographic paper negative pinhole photograph of two girls standing next to the front door of a home in Las Gaviotas, Baja California, Mexico.
Snapshot of my film and paper negative camera gear. Shown above from left to right. Black Domke 701-83A F-803 Camera Satchel which holds my Zeroimage 6x12 & 6x9 pinhole cameras. I keep the 6x12 in an old Galen Rowell lens pouch so I can toss it in the larger yellow Dana Designs backpack with the paper negative gear. Holga 120N in the middle compartment. Zeroimage 6x9 in a black Domke pouch above Holga. 120 film and Pinholga in front pockets. Film changing bag stored in old blue Domke pouch. Lightweight Slik tripod. Small Manfrotto 209482 table top tripod with micro ball head. Black opaque Safe-T-bags for storing exposed paper negatives. 1 rolls of 3M 1 inch black photographic tape. Large Pony DIY spring loaded mount for attaching cigar box pinhole to tripod(s). Arturo Fuentes Exuisitos wooden cigar box pinhole camera. Dana Designs top loading backpack for toting film and paper negative cameras and gear. - I like having a smaller and larger bag so I can decide if I want to travel light or heavy.