Making a pinhole camera from a small box or even a tin can is not exactly considered a technological breakthrough these days, but using an iPod touch box makes the idea instantly noteworthy for us Macheads.
The images produced by this well crafted do-it-yourself, iPod1 Pinhole camera are quite stunning. I was impressed with the quality of the images knowing that the exposure is a completely manual process. Many of these pinhole photos contain a soft dreamy quality, making the landscapes appear as something beautifully surreal.
A pinhole camera can be created using a small, light-tight can or box with a black interior, using no lens and a single small hole in one side. The smaller the hole, the sharper the image becomes.
Seeing Apple's vision of modern handheld technology used as a platform for creating totally manual photographic images is an ultra-geeky treat, especially since the first of such Camera Obscura images were made by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1827. Although the invention of the first pinhole camera is credited to Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham) in 1000AD.
Fast forward to 2009 and the concept of the pinhole camera now lives on, reincarnated inside the packaging of Apple's iPod touch device. An astonishing invention that Ibn Al-Haytham or Joseph Niepce could never have imagined possible.
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