Hey, that’s no ordinary pumpkin – it’s a camera! Actually, with a little creative reuse, a pumpkin can be transformed into a pinhole camera. This may be the strangest thing made from a humble leftover pumpkin you’ve seen since master carver, Ray Villafane’s creepy pumpkin creations.
The folks over at National Public Radio set out to make a pinhole camera from a pumpkin. The team reported, after a bit of calculation and guesswork, that their experiment to create a camera from a pumpkin was a success (watch video below).
What is a Pinhole Camera?
The pinhole camera is the simplest of all cameras. It is a small, light-tight box (or pumpkin, in this case), painted black with a tiny hole on the center of one side.
Wise Geek says, ” A pinhole camera functions essentially the same way a stock camera works. The difference is one of resolution. While a lens takes scattered beams of light and focuses them into a cone or ray it them projects on to film (simply speaking), a pinhole works by allowing such a small aperture that the beam coming in is quite small, and therefore remains relatively unscattered. Unscattered beams create clear pictures. The larger the pinhole, the more scattered the light, and the less sharp the resulting image.”
Looking for a little post-Halloween fun? Here are the materials you’ll need to transform a pumpkin into a camera.
Access to a darkroom
Watch this great video that gives the step-by-step directions, and shows the highlights of making a pumpkin pinhole camera.