Travels with the Holga - Flying

by Kevin Marshall April. 17, 2009 4305 views

For those of you who have forgotten, or are new to this blog, here's a very quick primer on the Holga:


As well as shooting Digital, I every now and again shoot film. However, I'm not a great fan of carrying yet another heavy and big camera again - I want a camera that's a bit of fun … and odd results.

So what's a Holga?

See [] for a better explanation, but this is my version

In basic terms, its a plastic camera, with a plastic lens and a very small amount of metal for the shutter. They're badly made enough that the following facts are accepted as “truth”

- Sharpness? What this odd concept?
- Light leaks? Yes well if you don't seal yours with tape, what do you expect is going to happen?
- Multiexposure? Comes with the territory
- f8 or f13? Does it matter? We're all friends here…
- Exposure - 1/100. Well a bit more.. or a bit less. We're not quite sure
- Vingeretting - Why do you want sharp corners anyway?
- 120 Film? Why would anyone want to use 35mm film…

All these things may sound like its a recipe for disaster.

But if you handle it right, and experiment, you start to get very interesting results…

I tend to use mine as a honing tool for my other work - I find that it makes me stop and think a lot more about composition and if I do need that shot.

The “effect” of a Holga can be simulated, but there's nothing like going to the print shop and actually grasping the developed film, prints or CD in your hand.

Technical notes:
Holga 120N, f13, 1/100
Kodak Porta 160NC Film

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