Holga Question

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  1. kreid1

    kreid1 TPF Noob!

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    Anyone know of a FAQ for Holga cameras? I just got one and would like some direction on how to use it. I really like the online pics I've seen done with these guys and would like to make some of my own. I bought it from holgamods.com with a bunch of mods on it so I should be good to go on the modifications, just want some direction on producing good photos.

    Any tips/advice would be appreciated!
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The Holga, to put it simply, is not cutting edge technology. It's basically a roll film camera with an inexpensive lens. Razor-sharp images are not a Holga strong point. So concentrate on subject matter where a slight softening of the image is a plus. If it helps, think retro. Look through old family photo albums. The rest is the classic search for a happy pairing of lighting and composition.

    Have fun with the Holga. Don't get too serious. There's a certain delight in getting away from modern cutting edge technology. That's why I can be found wandering around the streets with my Zorki [or Fed or Kiev.]

    [No, I'm not wandering around the streets because of Alzheimer's! Who said that?]
     
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    Alzheimers can be a good thing. You meet so many new people everyday.

    I do not know which modifications your holga has but I would say stick with will lit subjects. Things with large details like bridges ect. Just use my number one rule for photography. Dont worry, just shoot film.
     
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    The Freestyle photo website above has a FAQ on holgas
     
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    Thanks for the tips. I'll check out freestyle and try to just shoot and not take it too seriously. This is just a fun experiment!
     
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    I have had good results with 400 speed film with my Holga.

    Keep a roll of black cloth tape around, and use it freely to tape your camera back on. It will, in fact, fall off. ;)

    Always remove your lens cap and stick it in your pocket when you first head out to shoot. Some people have said "remove it and throw it away!" but I wouldn't do that. Just remove it, shoot with it, and when you've done, replace it.

    Have fun! :D
     
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    I have often wondered if a couple of good strong rubber bands wouldn't hold that back tight and avoid the gummy black tape residue. I havent had a holga type camera in years.

    I had the helga. lol sweedish chick no doubt.
     
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    You knew Helga too?
     

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