How To Develop Your Own Pinhole Camera Photographs

How To Develop Your Own Pinhole Camera Photographs



all you need to make your own high-quality photographs at home is one of these a pinhole camera they're really simple to make you can find instructions here on how to do it yourself you'll also need some photographic paper which you can get in a photography shop or online and finally we've come up with a really nifty DIY solution for developing your photographs at home using simple household ingredients like the ones you can see here so now you know what you need let's start taking some photographs before taking your camera out load the photographic paper in a completely dark room place it in glossy side up and seal the pinhole camera make sure the shutter is closed you'll get the best pictures on a sunny day the amount of light will determine how long you'll need to open the shutter for so for example on a bright day I'd recommend about 30 seconds whilst you're taking the photo both the camera and the subject will have to remain very very still although you can buy the chemicals to develop your photographs at home it's way more fun and cheaper to make your own solution so today I'm going to be using mint you can also use a coffee or Buzzle and this is because they contain something called Catholic acid Kattegat is a reductant this means it's going to convert the silver ions in my photographic paper to silver which then gives me a negative image make a strong mint tea by stirring 10 grams of dried mint leaves into 200 milliliters of hot water leave to brew for 15 minutes then strain the solution through a coffee filter into a new container set aside dissolve – 1000 milligram vitamin C tablets in 200 milliliters of water then add 10 grams of bicarbonate of soda and stir to help break down the bubbles mix the two solutions together and rest for 10 minutes so that all the bubbles will settle next you'll need a stopper solution this is going to hold the chemical reaction that we started in our developing process this is a simple acid based chemical reaction where we're going to use acid to neutralize the alkali chemicals that we had at the start for this I'm going to use 5 milliliters of lemon juice mix with 200 milliliters of water in a container once you've made your two solutions we're now ready to develop our photographic paper now this next part needs to be done in complete darkness but you can use a red light to help you see such as from a red light bulb or from a red bike light this is because photographic paper is insensitive to these types of light take the paper out of the camera and dip it in the developer bath after 2 minutes check it and if it doesn't look ready leave it for another 2 minutes using kitchen tongs take the photo out of the developer solution and place it in the stopper solution for 30 seconds finally take the photo out and turn on the light you now have your own photo negative so there you have it your very own pinhole masterpiece this one's mine and while I think it's beautiful the way it is it's actually a negative right now so if you'd like to make a positive version of it you can take a photograph of it on your phone and reverse the image using settings or you can also scan it and do the same thing on your computer and for all the instructions about how to make a pinhole camera and to develop your film you can find them here and there's also additional information go make some wonderful pinhole masterpieces you

41 thoughts on “How To Develop Your Own Pinhole Camera Photographs

  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Ah yes, the metric system.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    What kind of photographic paper do you use? I can't figure out what kind.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I would like to know if it is possible to reuse and if it is possible to store the solution to use a few days later.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    cool

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I am trying this with my class of children. We have followed all the instructions to the letter, but we are not getting any pictures, only brown sepia coloured splodges on the photographic paper. Any ideas what we could do?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I have been trying this for several weeks for a science project and it still does work

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    what camera are you filming with?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    How do know when it is ready in the mint tea solution.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    If I use fuji film could I just flap it around to develop it like in fuji film cameras?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Old vid I know. I have made a pinhole camera out of a tea caddy. Now I wanted to make my own DIY paper developer chemicals. Tested this recipe. It works! Tea caddy loaded with Ilford Muligrade IV RC De Lux paper (what a name). Developed with β€œyour” DIY-mix. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtVtlADlMlO/

    Next I will be trying coffee instead of mint tea…

    Thanks

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Thanks for the demonstration. Beauty is in the πŸ‘β€πŸ—¨. Questions : Is it possible to get a perfect line from the explosure which later on devolope/transfer to the paper?
    Question : May I know the sourse of light, in the photo r coming from which direction? Left/Right or Right/Left.
    Lastly to better understanding is the photo over/under expose? TqπŸ™

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    IF SOMEONE IS STILL READING THIS: What type of paper is photographic paper? Any photographic printer paper? Or its some kind of "special" paper sold only in photography stores?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    She didn't fix her photo, so will it not just fade?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    How do you make film paper to develop in the first place?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    could it be possible to use this development method with 35mm film (not for any serious photography though)?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Does matte photo paper work Plz answer asap

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Thanks for the video!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    What is with the fixer?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    hi i just want to ask how many time you can reuse this stuff?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I'm gonna have to start learning how to develop photos myself with kodak going away.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    can u use this recipe to develop negatives

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Hey does anyone know what the film they used was called?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    This video is awesome but my photos keep fading. How do I prevent that?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    What kind of photo paper do you use? positive direct ?????

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Absolutely fascinated.!! Love your enthusiasm and thank you for sharing.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    So what about the fixer?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    So what about the fixer?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    i need help how do i invert the negative without any kind of computer program phone app or anything like that please tell me. becuse i see it as lazy and unprofestional to use a photoshop tool on a old techneique

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Is this a joke? There's nothing on the print.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    does not even work

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Well that was a waste of good mint…………………

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Am I the only one who noticed that you can't see anything on her finished photo?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I live in bush ak where getting some of these supplies is difficult. Does anyone know how many times the developer can be reused?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    After making the photographic paper and keeping it inside the camera , will it automatically print the photo ?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    thanks for sharing. if that's ok i'd perhaps use this information to organize free workshops for kids from the area πŸ™‚ could be fun!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Could I use citric acid instead of lemon juice?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I'm a little confused, do we add dried mint to tea or to water only?

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    The beauty of this is that the materials used in the developing solution are non toxic. You won't have any issues with municipal or your building manager's regulations, if you rent. Great video!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I made my picture it looks amazing.
    Thanks Royal institution

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Why doesnt my pinhole camera work. when i go to develop the photopaper it just turns the a pretty sepia color. no image

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