how to make a camera



Making a camera isn't as hard as you might think. It's also a great way to teach kids about how cameras work, and the materials are cheap!

You will need:

You will need:

  • An empty soda can. This is the basic material for your camera, so try to find one that has a straight wall and doesn't have any sharp edges.

soda can (empty)

  • You need an empty soda can. It's best to use a plastic bottle (like a water bottle) or even an aluminum can. If you use glass, it'll break! The reason for this is because when you shake the camera, the liquid will move around and get thicker at different parts of your camera. This means that some parts of your film won't be as clear as others. If you're using plastic or aluminum, there won't be anything inside your camera that could break when it gets shaken up!

  • Make sure whatever container you choose is clear so that light can shine through it!


To make a camera, you need scissors. You'll want to keep in mind that the scissors will have to cut through paper, so it's important that they are sharp and small enough for your hands. Most importantly, though, the scissors should be easy for you to hold when cutting your pictures.

Duct Tape

At the hardware store, you will need to purchase a roll of duct tape. Duct tape is a very useful tool for making cameras and many other things. It is available in numerous colors, so you may want to consider buying several rolls so that you can use them for different purposes. For example, if you are making a tripod for your camera, it might be helpful to use black or dark-colored duct tape so that the tripod will blend into the background when taking photos. You can also use different colored duct tapes as accents on your camera case if needed!

black paper or cardstock

  • Black paper or cardstock. This will be the lens of your camera, so it should have a diameter of approximately 1/4 inch.

  • A piece of white paper or cardstock that's at least twice as wide as your black paper/cardstock strip. You'll need this to use as a backing for your lens, so that light can pass through both layers and reach the film.

Next you'll need some glue, scissors and tape!

This is how to make a camera

This is how to make a camera.

It's not as hard as you think. Really! All you need is:

  • A box that closes

  • Something to take pictures with (a lens, or film)

  • Something to put the pictures in (film or an SD card)


We hope that this tutorial has inspired you to create your own camera. Remember, the most important thing when making a camera is getting creative! You can use any materials that you want and make it as simple or complex as possible; just remember the basics: light-sensitive material inside a dark space with an aperture.


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Arsalan Fitzpatrick
Arsalan Fitzpatrick
Arsalan Fitzpatrick is an experienced and well-respected camera operator with over 10 years of experience. Fitzpatrick has worked in some of the most prestigious film and television productions in the world, including projects such as The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Suicide Squad, Game of Thrones, and Star Trek: Discovery. His experiences have given him a unique perspective on camera work that can be used to create high-quality videos and photos. Fitzpatrick is highly skilled at taking control of his shots and manipulating perspective to achieve desired results. He is also an expert at working with other crew members to make sure every shot is planned out properly before filming begins.