Teachers Lesson Plans

Make a Pinhole Camera: Grade 9-12

Summary

After exploring the Drawing with Light site, the students are encouraged to investigate the properties of light. By constructing and using a pinhole camera, one of the simplest photographic devices, the students will discover the ability of light to project images. Using the device, they will take a series of photographs in which they explore the basic concepts of photography.

Theory:

The students will show that they understand how a pinhole camera works and what its place is in the history of photography.

Creation:

The students will take photographs with a pinhole camera, one of the simplest photographic devices, using appropriate materials, tools and processes.

Analysis:

The students will show that they understand the relation between the pinhole camera process, the materials used and the results obtained, using vocabulary appropriate to photography.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson also explores the following subject areas: science and technology, English

Duration:

You should plan for two or three 40-minute sessions to construct the pinhole camera; three 40-minute sessions to learn how to calculate the f number and take a photograph; three 40-minute sessions to develop the film and make prints; and one 40-minute session to analyze and comment on the results.