I'm looking to set up a large pinhole photography competition in my city. This competition would be open to members of a small college within this city. The plan is to leave a number of pinhole cameras around the college/city with exposure and usage instructions, and also details on how to return the camera to myself. I'll then collect and develop all of these images and then upload them online.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience in this area, and if they could perhaps advise me on the plan's implementation with special regard to the following:
- the best type of "box" to use as the camera
- the type of film I ought to use in my city (south of England - think wet, occasionally sunny weather)
- the chemicals I will need to develop the film
- anything else I should consider
The above decisions of course need to be taken with the knowledge that I'll need to manage about 50 cameras. The cameras will need to be cheap, sturdy and reliable, and hopefully a few pointers from experts will save me a lot of effort in the long run.
Why pinhole cameras?
I think a pinhole camera would be suitable for a few reasons:
- We're restarting a society, and a novel launch/event would get people interested. Pinhole cameras are fairly rare in my part of the world, and I'm sure people would be enthusiastic if they could use something new.
The society doesn't have that much money, and pinhole cameras are cheap. Given that they are cheap, they can be easily distributed, and we can convince many people to use them. This would quickly promote the society.
They are really easy to use, and need hardly any commitment or expertise on behalf of the user.