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Author: Toby Van de Velde

Camera build: Ceramic Pinhole Camera – by Toby Van de Velde

In the summer of 2017 I decided that I needed a new pinhole camera. My previous pinhole camera I had made several years previously out of a mint tin, and it was so shallow that it was practically a fisheye pinhole lens. I knew that I wanted a longer focal length, and since my Wife is a ceramicist I thought building one out of clay would be a good idea. Free professional help 😉 With Melanie’s help, I rolled out a series of clay slabs and cut six squares out. I was not that bothered about being precise, they...

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5 Frames With… Expired Agfa Fibre Based Multi Contrast paper and the Ceramic Pinhole Camera – by Toby Van de Velde

Having a Wife that is also a Ceramicist was handy the day I decided to build my own pinhole camera. What was not so handy was having ILFORD chemicals that were two years out of date and a box of paper that was a decade old – and turned out to have a case of terminal fogging. I started off with a lot of fails. Paper negatives that dev’d up in shades of grey. When I did get results I was frustrated by a marked lack of contrast. I am certain fresh chems and a new box of paper...

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