SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 brand of photographic paper, the type of paper (fiber- based or resin-coated), the age of the paper, the surface finish of the paper, as well as the weather. Mysterious colors including reds, greens, and blues, appear from the black-and-white photo paper. Your image on the photo paper will be a "negative," so you will need to invert it to make it a positive image. Scan your photo paper in subdued light so that the paper gets minimal addi - tional exposure to light. O nce the light of the scan- ner bed hits your photo p aper, it alters the paper's color (so no pressure, but you essentially have one shot at this). Making a Long-Exposure Pinhole Camera 1. Locate a light-tight metal or hard plastic container. Paint the inside black to keep any and all light from reflecting. Drill (or cut) a ¼"-square sub-hole that you will eventually tape your pinhole over. 2. Using the smallest size needle that you can find, gently push a hole through a ½"-square piece of aluminum can. You may need to sand the bur on the backside of the alumi- num if it is rough where the needle poked through. 3. Tape the piece of aluminum over the sub-hole of your light-tight container. Make sure the pinhole is in the center of your sub-hole. Use electric tape so light does not get through. Use a small piece of elec- trical tape as the shutter/lens cap over the pinhole. Now you are ready to load your camera with photographic paper. Cut a piece that fits nicely inside your camera. To ensure that your paper doesn't fall forward, use a small piece of tape rolled up behind your photo paper to keep it in place. I would suggest that you use elec- trical tape to hold down the lid on y our container. You are now ready to make your long exposure. I suggest that you tape your pinhole camera into its location so it doesn't move. The cam- era must remain stationary for the duration of the exposure. Nicole Croy teaches high-school photography at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nicole Croy, Train Tracks. Three-day pinhole exposure. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23

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