Holga Tips?

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  1. mad_malteaser

    mad_malteaser TPF Noob!

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    So my new Holga arrived in the mail yesterday, can't wait to get started. Any tips from veteran users?
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Stick a piece of cardboard under the film. I think that's one of the most important rules there are. I just wreched a roll of Fuji 400 Provia film because I forgot that.
     
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    Stick cardboard under the film? :scratch: I've never heard of that one, and not any problems. What purpose does this serve?

    I've run plain old Tri-X 320 through mine with no problems. Get yourself some black tape and tape the back and sides to avoid light leaks. Oh, and to keep the back from falling off. :mrgreen:

    As you shoot, remember this is a toy and has no neat-o features like double-exposure prevention. Get into a rhythm you are comfortable with (click, advance film immediately) or you'll easily forget where you're at. ;)

    Take the lens cap OFF and put it in your pocket the entire time you are shooting. Your viewfinder will give no indication whether it's on or off.

    Fear not, it's a harmless, fun toy. Go have a blast, and post your results here! :D
     
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    Have fun!! I just started doing Holga, and I love it. Terri has good tips. remember to tape the film counter window, especially if you are shooting 35mm, it will RUIN your film if you don't tape it good.

    For the 120 film I taped the back and then just looked every time I turned the film to see when I had it on the right place.
     
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    Cool. Thanks for the tips! I better get taping up. Can't wait to start shooting!
     

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