LUMU, a light meter for iPhone and Android, MUSGUARD, a removable, rollable bicycle fender and ONDU, a pinhole camera. All these three cool products have been designed by young Slovenian creatives. What all have in common is that they have been successfully funded through Kickstarter.
However, in today’s article we will focus on a pinhole camera, designed by a young Slovenian industrial designer and a carpenter Elvis Halilović.
We live in a digital world. So it is just the right time to go back in time and explore the old techniques again. Roots of this camera really reach deep into the past as the basic optical concepts of the pinhole can be found in Chinese texts from the 5th century BC. For those of you who would like to know more about this alternative photography technique, its history and evolution, check this link.
The obvious question that appears is how does the pinhole camera work? Well, the most interesting thing is that there are no lenses involved in this kind of photography. A camera uses a pin sized hole to produce an image. So, the camera consists of a light-tight box with a tiny hole in one end and film in the other.
Due to its high aperture, the images produced create effects that are not possible with other lens based camera. Pinhole images are softer (less sharp) in comparison with pictures made with a lens. They have nearly infinite depth of field and exposures can vary from half a second to several hours.
Ondu cameras come in 6 different dimensions and film sizes (from the most common Leica 135 format to the 4˝ x 5˝ film holder camera).