Solarcan - The "All-In-One" Solargraphy Film Camera

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Solarcan is a fascinating product that sits at a unique junction between photography, astronomy and art. Each Solarcan is a self-contained and pre-loaded solargraphy camera which means it can be used to take long-exposure photographs of the sun. And by long exposure, we mean looooooong exposure! Weeks if not months, as each day brings a new sun trail to layer onto the contained photography paper. Check out the sample images for examples of what the community has already created, and find out how easy they are to use with the instructions and video below!  

What is a Solarcan?


How do I use?

Experimentation and creativity are highly encouraged. However for consistent results we would recommend the following process:

  1. Buy your Solarcan from this very product page :-) Or if you want to get a bulk discount and experiment with several exposures then grab the 5-pack!
  2. Find a suitable location facing the Sun with a good view of the sky and horizon
  3. If any doubt, seek permission from local authorities/land-owners for the installation (remember this is a silver metallic can that will be in place for several weeks!)
  4. Using the supplied cable ties, secure your Solarcan firmly to an appropriate sturdy fence/pole/pipe
  5. When you’re ready, carefully remove the black label covering the pinhole and let the magic begin
  6. Place the black label on the end of your Solarcan for safe keeping and mark a date in your calendar for retrieval
  7. Remember where you put it (!) and check in on your camera once in a while
  8. When ready to recover your Solarcan, head back and cover the pinhole using the black tab you saved to end the exposure and stop any unwanted light passing through
  9. Snip the cable ties to release your Solarcan from it's mooring and take everything back home with you
  10. Open your Solarcan in subdued light and marvel at your image!



How do I develop it?
There is NO chemical development needed after retrieving your Solarcan! It's so simple, you can either use a scanner and invert the image in Photoshop (or similar) - or take a photo on your phone and use an app to invert.
Will the paper remain light sensitive once I remove it from the Solarcan
Yes - but it is a very-low ISO photographic paper so don't worry about it being ruined as soon as you open the can. We would however recommend opening the can in subdued light and scanning/photographing the image reasonably quickly to ensure any post-exposure light pollution is kept to a minimum.
Can I fix the paper?
No chemical developing is required. We encourage experimentation though - so if you do try to fix/stop then please share your results with Solarcan and us on social media!
Note that every Solarcan comes with a 16 page manual with detailed instructions on how to develop and process so if your questions aren't covered here then they will be in the leaflet!



Format: Unique!
Colour: Colour
Type: Negative (no processing needed)
ISO: n/a
Exposures: 1
Pack size: 1 or 5


About the brand

Solarcan is the brainchild of Sam Cornwell: a photography, artist, astronomer and now camera genius! The Solarcan perfectly combines his love for the night sky with his passion for analogue processes and film photography. Initially supported by a successful Kickstarter in 2017, Sam has recently produced the 5,000th unit (that we will be gifting as part of a joint giveaway!) which shows that the Solarcan has already been accepted into the heart of the photography community.

We spent some time with him in preparation for our launch of the Solarcan - as well as discussing his journey so far - and you can read the resulting interview here.


Where we ship

When you buy your camera and film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy Solarcan today and dive back into the fun of solar film photography!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

Get Inspired

Visit our Wall of Inspiration to read different film reviews and see images from our talented Analogue Wonderland community.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Peter-Alan Sinclair
A true test of patience...

When I saw this concept I was instantly intrigued by the possibilities!
I love the simple nature of putting it anywhere for as long as you want to get a totally unique picture.
I only put mine up for a month so I'll certainly be getting some more to experiment with....even if it's hard to wait!

Steve Jackson
Good fun with surprising results.

So, my first foray into Solar photography has proven a success...expect the unexpected with this Solarcan, the images are quite abstract at times and can be very striking. Go on...get know you want to!! Steve.

Neil Piper
Fun Product With A Different Take On Analogue Photography

So let me state first that i'm a huge fan of pinhole photography. The concept of capturing time within a single frame continues to fascinate me. So the idea that you can make a single photograph that captures upwards of a year is incredible to me.
Before Solarcan was a thing i was making my own cameras that would so the same thing but now everything you need comes in this handle product. It was a real faff doing it yourself, not to mention the amount of paper you had to buy from the off, and the fact that Solarcan now provides it all, ready set up and ready to go is great. The camera arrives in lovely packaging with a great instruction manual giving you all the details you could need and example photographs - and even comes with the zip ties to mount it somewhere!
Everything thought of and executed well and affordable. Give it a shot, but remember you'll be waiting a long time to see your results!
5 Star product for sure.

Meredith Wilson
Summer-Winter Solstice 2020

I put up my Solarcan on 21 June and took it down on 21 December and am ending my year with a rainbow 🌈 I processed this in a combination of PS and Lightroom. Might try a year for my next one. Fun and easy to use. Now planning my next one.

Solar can

Finally found the right software for processing the solar can image! Fab! It is so easy to use, my mother was even able to follow along with the instructions! I had this installed at the end of July, took it down at the end of September. It was quick, easy to use and is not intrusive or looked out of place. I will be getting more, putting them up for longer this time.