Valentine’s Day, Henry Ford, and 3D Printed Pinhole Cameras

Valentine’s Day is coming!  I’d just *love* to offer a bright RED Flyer or Clipper for your photographer love. I had a similar question during my Kickstarter – was I going to offer other colors? Black is so boring.  What do you see through my black cameras?  Black.

Perfect, I say.  There’s no such color as black.  Black is the absence of light.  That means the only light falling on the film is coming through the pinhole.  Black is beautiful.

Henry Ford was amazingly prescient – he said “Any customer can have a 3D printed pinhole camera painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”.  Who would have thought Henry Ford knew 3D printers were coming?  He probably would have been the first to print a car.

Purple camera = purple blanks

Purple camera = purple blanks

See the purple camera in the back of the basket?

That was my first and only experiment, and I pretty much anticipated the result. When I held it up to a bright light, what did I see through the body? Purple.  What’s a RED camera going to take?  Red blanks. Who wants red blanks?

I went so far as to order a Flyer in black strong and light plastic from Shapeways.  Once I got past the sticker shock (over $150), I found that Shapeways black is not really black.  It’s white plastic dyed black.  You can see light through it, making it useless as a camera.

So, order a black camera for your photographer love.  Amazon can get it to you in time.  You can put a red ribbon on the box that arrives.  If you do really want color, there’s always masking tape and spray paint (use a paint formulated for plastics).  Send me a photo of your pimped out camera!