I got inspired by Scott Speck's work at
and bought a Zero Image 2000 (6x6) pinhole wooden camera.
Now I struggling to find the right exposure.
I made many blunders the 1st time around. Was trying with the Ilford Delta 3200, although I loaded the film correctly, I slid the wooden back the opposite way. After winding the film to the position #1, I realized it but didn't want to waste the film, so didn't open the box. I think I didn't really understand what should be the focusing distance & exposure time. At f/138 (or focal length 25mm), I thought I can place it at whatever distance without caring - isn't the depth of field nearly infinite? Took 3 shots attached below - of my laptop near a window(light coming in from the right), standing in the washroom next to the sink and a bottle of water with the window far behind it. I did use a tripod but no shutter release mechanism.
I think 3200 would work fine with exposure time = 2 seconds but clearly it didn't. I was trying to use Pinhole Designer(a software) which tells you the exposure to use in the far right hand side column. It adjusts for reciprocity.
My concern is apart from the lighting... the pictures aren't sharp, why is that ? I got it developed at a dumpy store, scanned the negative myself using a CanoScan Lide80 scanner at 1200dpi and hit convert to negative using an image editor. Understandably, there's grain too with 3200.
I am travelling to Europe in a week & thought I should collect some advice, so hopefully I can get better results before trying again. This time I'll try in the open Swiss Alp area with Ilford FP4 Plus (ISO125) or Velvia (ISO125).
Sorry to burden you with details. I'd love to hear if anyone has tips.
Or just tell me from your experience... if I use ISO 100 film:
For bright sunny landscape, exposure roughly 1-2 seconds?
For overcast landscape, exposure roughly 2-4 seconds?
For outdoor portrait, exposure roughly 2-4 seconds?
For indoor portrait (well lit room), exposure roughly 6-10 seconds?