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Learn, build, test your own pinhole camera!

Pinhole Cap

We have a special treat for February’s program meeting — that is, we’ll be transforming your camera into a pinhole camera. How? Simply by creating your camera’s body cap into a pinhole lens! This exercise will be led by the 2011 HPS activities chairperson Nathalie Brouard.

If you don’t have a spare camera body cap, you can purchase one very inexpensively at a camera shop such as the Houston Camera Exchange or the Camera Co-op.

Note: the lens will be safe and should not to allow dust onto your sensor.

This will take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center.

The following Saturday, February 12, we will go on an outing to test your new Pinhole dSLR camera. The destination will be decided during the aforementioned program meeting. A couple of suggestions have been George Ranch and Hermann Park. Time and location to be determined and will be announced on the Website.

The special assignment category for April 2011′s print competition night is Pinhole Photography, so you may just get your entry for that category captured during this field trip!

A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single very small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. The result is often an ethereal image that will not be sharp but more focused on a more impressionistic artistry.

Consequently, the April theme coincides with the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, although technically, it is always the last Sunday in April which makes this year’s occuring on April 24. Additionally, Pinholeday.org listed HPS as one of their worldwide pinhole photography day events.

First Meeting of 2011

The first meeting of 2011 will take place Tuesday, January 11 beginning 7 p.m. It is our Program Meeting and the first January meeting is always comprised of the year-end photo competition awards announcement, the transition of officers, and a potluck dinner.

The year-end judges are invited to speak about why they felt compelled to select the winners so we can learn from their thought process.

So, bring your appetite, a potluck dish (coordinate with Rachel Burychka) and let’s roll in the 2011 HPS year!

As always, visitors are welcome to participate, but please keep in mind that this meeting is a departure from the typical Program Meeting.

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