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As a group dedicated to experimental analogue photography, Lomography is smitten with the dreamy appeal of Pinhole Photography. It's so basic and raw, and allows you to experiment with loads of tricks. Read on to acquaint yourselves with the bizarre, unpredictable but always fascinating world of Pinhole Photography!

So what exactly is Pinhole Photography? The concept is simple – it's photography without the lens. Picture this: a tight box with one super-tiny hole at one end, and photographic paper at the opposite end. The light streams through the pinhole and creates an image on film or photographic paper. Check out some great pinhole photos on the Lomography website!

Due to the absence of a lens, pinhole photographs are more soft-focused compared to those taken with a lens. They also have a remarkably wide depth-of-field. Exposures can range from less than a minute to a few months! But the long wait is always worth it – pinhole photographs exude an ethereal beauty that cannot be replicated.

Pinhole Photography is easy to do, but it takes a bit of practice too. Since there are no lenses or special settings to adjust, expect your photographs to be beautifully dreamy. Setting up your camera on a tripod or any steady surface is important. This way, immobile details remain focused, while moving objects blur in the foreground. Wondering about doing Pinholes? Why not take a look at some quick tips for using a Pinhole Camera. Have fun!

You can build a pinhole camera out of almost anything. Pinhole Prodigy Martin Cheung even made one out of a roast duck! Check out these out-of-the-box pinhole cameras done at home by crafty pinhole fans:

Be inspired with these Pinhole Photography connoisseurs and who knows, you could become one too!

Martin Cheung, Pinhole Prodigy "The meditative and uncertain way of photographing is what attracts me most (about Pinhole Photography)." Read more ... Justin Quinnell, Pinhole Wizard "Delving into the unknown, a bit like riding a unicycle – It feels like you are constantly falling, I quite like that!" Read more ... Tarja Trygg, Solargraphy Extraordinaire "Experimental photography is a lot of fun and the whole process shows us the birth of the picture in photography." Read more ...

Go beyond the traditional Pinhole Photography. Add shocks of bright electric colors to your pinhole shots to make them more surreal. The Diana Multi Pinhole Operator is your best bet - a classic pinhole camera gone psychedelic!


Uses all kinds of 120 Film
Can be used with 35mm film when paired with the Diana 35mm Back+
Crazy-colored pinhole pictures c/o the 6 multi-color gel filters
Easy operation – no lens or shutter
Compatible with Diana F+ accessories

Buy the Diana Multi Pinhole Operator

More Pinhole Cameras from Lomography

Ever heard of the world's largest pinhole camera and photograph? Read more about 'The Great Picture' to see how this amazing project came about. And for more inspiration, visit the Lomography Magazine section and see more interesting Pinhole Photography articles!

Lomography is a Magazine, Shop and Community dedicated to analogue photography. It all began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when a group of students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded by the mind-blowing photos it produced – the colors were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before!

Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic analogue photography that we now know as Lomography!

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