Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2013 – April 28

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD). I hope you got out today and took a pinhole photo or two, if you have a pinhole camera. No pinhole camera? Then enjoy my photos below, and click the following link to go to the WPPD Gallery Page and checkout some other people’s photos.

Pinhole photos are taken with a camera looking through a small pinhole. Just like it sounds. There is no glass lens. I consider it pretty amazing that an image is still there. See my tutorial on making pinhole photos with a digital camera.

My Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day Photos for 2013:

My submission to WPPD.

Worldwide Pinhole Day 2012 – Few of My Photos

Found out it is Worldwide Pinhole Day today. Last year I found out one day late, this year I found out the same day, next year I’ll have a calendar entry!

Pinhole photos are taken with a camera looking through a small pinhole. Just like it sounds. There is no glass lens. I consider it pretty amazing that an image is still there. See my tutorial on making pinhole photos with a digital camera.

Today in Maple Grove, MN the sun is not out, and the weather is dreary and overcast. Not ideal conditions for pinhole photos. I like taking pinhole photos in early morning as the sun is coming up or at sunset. Nice strong golden sunlight from the side, a bunch of color, and an interesting subject, will make for good photos. Today, I ended up using my large speedlight flash. Held it off camera and a foot away from the subject. I needed as much light as possible, so I had it set on full power. Even with the flash at full power I needed ISO 800 with the flash 1 foot away. Nothing like getting blinded! Below you can see the first portrait pinhole photo I’ve ever taken.

My Worldwide Pinhole Day Photos for 2012:

Edit 4/30/12: My pinhole photo entry was accepted into the exhibition.

Digital SLR Pinhole Photos

Pinhole Lens Held Up to the Light

Below are some digital pinhole images I took on my Nikon D300S. Click on the first thumbnail image and then you can use the “>>” button to click through the pictures.


Yes, they aren’t perfectly sharp. Considering that it was made with a pinhole in a piece of metal I’d say it is very good. The images do clean up nicely with a contrast tweak and slight sharpenning. 100% zoom isn’t pretty – very soft – but when resized down around 1024 wide they look acceptable.

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