Light and Pinhole Cameras

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Launch resources

How does photography work? (optional starter video)

Introduces the topic of light and photography (01:11).


The science behind photography (video)

Explains the science behind photography, including light rays, lenses and photosensitive material (04:16).


Building a pinhole camera (video)

Guidance on carrying out a pinhole camera practical activity (03:28).


Pinhole camera plenary (video)

Recap of key learning points, evaluation of pinhole camera activity and more challenges to investigate (02:14).


Light and pinhole cameras lesson plan

Provides guidance on using the videos in class and carrying out the practical activity.

Teachers' Notes

Making a pinhole camera activity sheet

Step-by-step instructions on how to make your own pinhole camera.