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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 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 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 at 21:06
  • Change of what? Light passes and lands on what? – Al Berko May 18 at 20:02

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