Imperfections can lead to a powerful shot: Steve O’Nions shoots with a pinhole camera


posted Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT


Photographer Steve O'Nions found a derelict slate works building in a remote area in Wales and the scene immediately struck him as a viable candidate for shooting with a pinhole camera. That's exactly what O'Nions did. He used a Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera with Fomapan 100 classic film. Let's join him behind the scenes.

It's a lovely area where O'Nions is shooting. It'd have been possible to get a nice, moody image with many different types of cameras and equipment, but the pinhole camera O'Nions used certainly did a particularly nice job. It goes to show that you don't always need to utilize the most modern of camera equipment to capture nice, impactful images. In fact, there are times when some imperfections can go a long way toward creating a powerful frame. It's very interesting to see how simply using a camera like a pinhole camera can make images captured in 2018 appear to be from the early 20th century.

For more videos like the one above, head over to Steve O'Nions' YouTube channel.

(Via Steve O'Nions