By Alix Blevins
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A camera obscura is a natural phenomenon that predates the invention of film technology. It is a tool for looking and reproduction that has been used by artists for centuries.
A room with (ideally) only one window)
Large piece(s) of cardboard, or other sturdy opaque material
Utility knife or other cutting tool
Cut out a piece of cardboard (or several pieces of cardboard) to fit your window(s) dimensions.
Cut out a square area (around 5”x5”) from the center of your cut cardboard.
Place the cardboard in the window(s) and duct tape in place, covering any light leaks.
Cut out a piece of aluminun foil, roughly 6”x6” (just larger than the hole in the cardboard). In the center of the foil, cut out a small circular hole. The diameter should be 0.5 inches or smaller.
Tape the foil over the hole in the cardboard. Make sure the circular hole “lens” has a clear view outside.
Cover any remaining light leaks, such as around the door.