Holga Wide Angle Photography

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Single image panoramic and wide angle photos are great for city and landscape photography because they can capture so much more area than regular format photos.

Holga makes a camera specifically for panoramic pinhole photography that is easy and fun to use. The Holga 120WPC specifically designed camera is lens-less, and it produces an infinite depth of field. This means that everything in the scene will be reasonably sharp and detailed.

Holga Glow In The Dark Cameras!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A camera that glows in the dark? Yes! As if your Holga camera wasn’t unique enough, now you can get a Holga that will glow in the dark!

Glow In The Dark Holga Cameras

The effect is amazing! Simply expose these Holga cameras to bright light for a while, then bring it in the dark! Perfect for Halloween parties and for night time fun.

They are available in both 35mm format and 120mm, and come in the following colors: Solar Yellow, Infra Red, Ultra Violet and Aura Orange.

HolgaGlo Cameras Glow Under Black Light!

Friday, September 16th, 2011

1980’s fashion was all about electric neon colors, Parachute pants, shoulder pads and legs warmers. While we aren’t quite ready to put those pair of parachute pants back on yet, we are, once again, embracing the electric neon colors of the 80’s!

To celebrate the 1980’s and Holga’s 30th Anniversary, Holga has recently released Limited Edition Holga Glo 120N Cameras. These totally rad Holgas are available in electric neon colors and they glow under black light!

They are available in Electric Blue, Neon Green, Orange Burst or Fuschia Fusion.

HolgaGlo 120N Plastic Medium Format Camera - Electric Blue

The Holga camera was initially introduced to the Chinese public in 1982 as an inexpensive camera for everyday use. Shortly after its introduction, it became an underground artistic phenomena. Using the Holga is an exercise in breaking free from dependence on technology, precision and control.

They are reminiscent of the 1980s…a time of expression, creativity and individuality.

Roxy + Holga

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Roxy and HOLGA are collaborating together on a Limited Edition 135 Holga!

The Roxy Holga won’t be available until November, but here’s a sneak peak:

Roxy 135 Holga

Explore The Microcosm Around You With The Holga Macro Lens!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

So much attention is focused on the realities of the the everyday world, that we sometimes miss the smaller things in life, literally. We miss the tiny, yet intricately complex world of small objects.

Image Taken With A Holga Macro Lens

You’ll often find things you’ve never noticed before while studying your micro subject! Photograph insects that appear larger than life… Explore the naturally artistic ratios that exist in leaves and flowers…. Examine the part of the world that is normally over looked.

This Holga Close Up and Macro Lens kit comes with all the lenses you’ll need to get started. The Holga can be used as a tool to alter the perception of the external world. By changing our perspective of an object, we gain a uniquely better understand of the reality of it.

How to Get Sharper Holga Photos

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Holga cameras are know for a variety of characteristic effects: vignetting, soft focus, light flares and ethereal scenes. Each of these effects are desirable, and produce a one of a kind, unique image.

However, blurry and shaky images can prevent you from achieving that perfect shot you were hoping for. Eliminating unwanted ‘shaky’ photos can greatly improve focus on your subject, and will result in sharper images. What are some ways to prevent blurred images?

First, if possible, try resting your Holga on a steady object. Fill up a plastic bag with sand rest the camera on it. You can adjust the height and angle by pushing around the sand.

Sometimes clicking the shutter can cause the camera to shift, so you might also consider using a shutter release cable. This cable allows you to trigger the shutter without touching the camera.

Finally, consider a small tripod or, a gorillapod. These are small enough to carry around, and will greatly enhance the sharpness of your photos.

Don’t Let Airport X-Rays Ruin Your Film!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The ladies of Team Holga do a lot of flying every year, and part of that means going through airport security.

Airport x-ray scanners can affect film. The machines used to scan luggage at airports can be strong enough to expose the sensitive film, especially if it is scanned multiple times. The effect of the x-rays on film looks like a ‘wave’ that runs across each picture. You can see the effect below.

What’s the best way to prevent this from happening? Don’t put your film in your checked luggage. Luggage is scanned by a machine that can expose the film that is packed away inside. The chances of your film being damaged increases each time your luggage is scanned.

Keep all your film in a plastic or cloth bag, and asked that they be hand checked as you are checked in. This may take a few extra minutes, but it is worth it to protect your Holga photographs. Another option is to purchase a lead-lined film bag to place your film in. Finally, if at all possible, consider having your exposed film developed before returning home.

For more tips on protecting your film, visit the Traveling With Film page on the Transportation Security Administrations website.

See Your Holga Photos Instantly!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

For fans of instant gratification, Holga offers an ‘Instant Film Back’ accessory which allows your Holga to produce instantly developed film, similar to Polaroid cameras! With this accessory in place, your photos come out from the side of your 120 N Holga Camera moments after you click the shutter. No need to wait to see that great shot of your friend doing a backside hand plant.

The Instant Film Back For Holga Cameras

The Instant Film Back for the Holga Camera fits snuggly behind the camera, and accepts a variety of instant films, including the popular Polaroid 690, and Fuji FP 100C instant films. The Instant Film accessory will turn your Holga into instant fun!

Taken with a Holga and the Instant Film Back on Polaroid 690 Film

Meet Holga TIM!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Holga 135TIM (Twin Image Maker) is a 35mm 1/2 frame, multi-image camera, smiles and all. How could your subject not smile with this colorful happy camera smiling back at them? This little gem can shoot two half-frame exposures at the same time. Or, even beter, shoot two very different half size images on one 35mm negative. Each image taken occupies only half of the regular 35mm film frame. A 36-exp roll of film will now have 72 independent frames.

When shooting with Holga TIM, pay close attention to the aperture settings on its ‘smile.’ There are three different settings: a sun (roughly f/22), cloud and sun (roughly f/11) and cloud (roughly f/8).

Taking Individual Frames
Because TIM has two lenses, making individual half-format shots with each lens will add a few more steps to the picture-taking process. On Holga TIM’s ‘face’ there is a cover, or ‘eyelid’ for each of its lenses, or ‘eyes’. To take an image, open up the left eyelid leaving the other one closed. Press the shutter release button, then press the MX button to recock the shutter, close the first eyelid and open the other. Take your second image and wind the film to the next frame.

As with all Holgas, multiple exposures are possible. For Holga TIM, leave an ‘eye’ open and press the MX button to re-cock the shutter. Take photo as normal, knowing that you will now have overlapping images on that frame. As with all Holgas, multiple exposures are possible. For Holga TIM, leave an ‘eye’ open and press the MX button to re-cock the shutter. Take photo as normal, knowing that you will now have overlapping images on that frame.

© Lauren Martinez; This image was taken with a Holga TIM

Taking Dual Frames, Shooting IN 3D AND Making Stereo Prints

Making dual images is much simpler than individual ones, just open up both of Holga TIM’s ‘eyelids’ and shoot. This will produce two nearly identical pictures in the 35mm frame. The best results come when shooting a subject between about 3 feet to 12 feet away.

Holga Lens For DSLR Cameras!

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Turn your DSLR camera into a Holga! A Holga lens specifically designed for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras is now available to consumers. You can now achieve the same Holga like characteristics on digital images. The 60mm Holga lens is easily mounted on to your DSLR, and you can use all the other Holga slip-on filters and accessories! You can still get great Holga like shots using just the Holga DSLR lens by itself.