I read somewhere that one of the reasons you can't take pictures on Shabbos is because of the melacha of Kotev/Writing.

Does this also apply to a pinhole camera which does create a temporary image but not with ink or the sort?

  • What's a pinhole camera? Is it just making a shadow in a particular shape?
    – Double AA
    May 17, 2019 at 12:38
  • PC is about lack of lens not recording which is identical to a regular camera. Please clarify how you intend to use it on Shabbos.
    – Al Berko
    May 17, 2019 at 12:52

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If there is no PHYSICAL change, it's ok. This Camera Obscura does not make any physical change, and it just letting the light pass in.

  • Source for this?
    – DonielF
    May 17, 2019 at 21:06
  • Change of what? Light passes and lands on what?
    – Al Berko
    May 18, 2019 at 20:02

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