How Do You Make a Pin Hole Camera Video?

Have you ever heard of a pinhole camera? It’s an old-school photography technique that uses a small hole to project an inverted image onto a surface.

But did you know that you can use this same concept to create a video? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make your own pinhole camera video using just a few simple materials.


  • A shoebox or any other cardboard box with a lid
  • A piece of aluminum foil
  • A needle or pin


Step 1: Preparing the Box

To start, take your cardboard box and cut out a square hole in one end using scissors or a craft knife. Make sure it’s big enough to fit your smartphone or camera lens through.

Next, cut out another square piece from the aluminum foil that’s slightly larger than the hole you just made in the box. Tape this piece of foil over the hole using scotch tape, making sure it’s tight and flat against the box.

Then use your needle or pin to poke a tiny hole in the center of the aluminum foil. This will act as your “lens” for the pinhole camera.

Step 2: Creating the Viewfinder

On the opposite end of the box, cut out another small square hole on one side. This will be where you attach your tracing paper or parchment paper, which will act as your viewfinder for framing your shots.

Tape your piece of tracing paper over this hole using scotch tape, making sure it’s tight and flat against the box.

Step 3: Setting up Your Camera

Now it’s time to set up your camera inside the box. Place your smartphone or camera lens through the hole you cut out in step 1, and make sure it’s positioned directly in front of the pinhole you made in the aluminum foil.

Next, turn on your camera’s video recording mode and use the viewfinder on the opposite end of the box to frame your shots.

Step 4: Recording Your Video

Once you’ve framed your shot, hit record and let the magic happen! The pinhole will project an inverted image onto your camera’s sensor, creating a unique and dreamy effect.

Keep in mind that because of the small size of the pinhole, your video will likely be quite dark. You may need to experiment with different lighting conditions or use external lights to brighten up your shots.


Creating a pinhole camera video is a fun and easy way to experiment with old-school photography techniques and create unique and artistic videos. So grab some materials, get creative, and start filming!