Mandis Color Filter Trip
Sometimes the simplest of mods can achieve the most astounding and moving results. Colour filters are the staple tool of stage and screen light technicians, they can also play some nice tricks when combined with your Holga. Mandi, aka the Mod-Father, says; “I always carry a set of some filters with my Holga”.
Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your color experiments:
- Try to get a sample filter set from a theatre/film lighting technician or, even better, start to collect all the coloured transparent stuff you can find.
- Cover you lens with the coloured filters and you are ready to go out and shoot. Just remember to adjust the exposure times according to the material in front of your lens or just use higher speed film.
Each colour adds a certain mood to your pics, from cold frosty blue to warm lovely red. There is no way to find out which ones works other than to try it out with film.
Very dark filters are nice when you shoot against the sun. Some dark filters tend to boost certain colors by filtering out all the other colours. The dark purple ones particularly do this and reds come out very strongly.
The extended exposure demand is also perfect for double or multi exposures e.g. change the colour for the second shot.
A cool effect is created when the coloured filter does not fit perfectly across the lens. Try it!