Teachers Lesson Plans
Make a Pinhole Camera: Grade 9-12
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.
The students will show that they understand how a pinhole camera works and what its place is in the history of photography.
The students will take photographs with a pinhole camera, one of the simplest photographic devices, using appropriate materials, tools and processes.
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.
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This lesson also explores the following subject areas: science and technology, English
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.