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written by Stewart Woodruff
This web site provides step-by-step directions for constructing a pinhole camera out of an oatmeal box and other common household items.  Each step is supplemented with photos to show exactly how to build the apparatus so that it will actually take pictures.  Also included are detailed procedures for shooting the photographs and developing them in an amateur darkroom.  

**NOTE:  If performing this activity with children, follow safety procedures for using the photo developing agent.  SEE THIS LINK for safety information on Kodak Dektol:
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- Active Learning
- Geometrical Optics
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© 2002 Stewart Lewis Woodruff,
camera, experiment, hands-on lab, photography, pinhole, pinhole camera, ray model, ray optics
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Metadata instance created May 27, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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March 6, 2013 by Caroline Hall
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January 16, 2008
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