DIY Color Filters
Flash some color on your Holga shots with filters – Just try to get a sample filter set from a theatre/film lighting technician or, even better, start to collect all the colored transparent stuff you can find. Then cover you lens with the colored 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.
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 colors. The dark purple ones particularly do this and reds come out very strongly.
There really couldn't be an easier Holga Mod! All the hard work has been done and all you just have to download it!
- Download the Lenshood by Mandi pdf 1
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- Download the Lenshood by Mandi pdf 3
- Download the Lenshood by Mandi pdf 4
The idea of this here Lens Hood is to save your masterpiece shots from evil flare spots. It will do it's very best to protect your Holga from extreme-angle light reflecting inside the lens from the front and side. As long as you keep the light source out of the frame, you should be able to shoot towards the light without getting unwanted sun flare. And these are no ordinary, average-Joe lens hoods. Oh no, no, no! They are a collaborative project using Mandi's Vorsprungdurchtechnik and Michael's cutting-edge graphic design. Just click on this link to download your very own free, Designer Holga lens hood. All you need then is a printer, a pair of scissors and a bit of sticky tape.
For anyone Lomographer who has wanted to build their own pinhole but either doesn't have the time (or is frankly too lazy) to do it from scratch, Daniel's Pinholga is an easy 3 step wonder.
The Holga's 'B' setting and adaptability makes it the perfect camera for a pinhole modification.
- Gently, unscrew the lens (don't worry, you can screw it back on later!)
- Tape the pinhole into the Holga.
- All you need now is the Holga cable release adaptor, a cable release and a tripod.
You're done! Have Fun!
The Paper Mask
Here‘s a very simple modification. The idea is to create a mask which sits inside your Holga and projects its rough edges onto the film. Take some paper or cardboard (approx 8x7cm), fold it down to 6x6x7cm, rip or cut out the center, and then tape the whole thing. You can use it instead of the regular 6x6 plastic mask - but you‘ll need to tape the batteries inside. Shoot and enjoy the “I like it raw” edge style!
The Emperor‘s New Clothes
Tired of the black plastic look of your beloved Holga? Looking for a change? First, find some material you like and make sure you have enough of it. Then, check the measurements of the parts you want to cover. Mark your material and cut it out (if necessary). And then stick it on your Holga! Feel free to pair your new beauty with a gold chain or jewelry for a real sassy look. And for some extra tips
- Don‘t forget to cut out a flap for the film exposure window
- If you still own a lens cap, give it a new dress as well. But don‘t forget to take it off when shooting!
- Be careful with the glue
- Choose extraordinary materials. Try clothes, fur, cotton wool, your favorite photo, sand, tin foil, simple cardboard (you can write and draw on it).
This brand-new technique is still being perfected by our expert Holga technicians. But the general idea is this - embed a small signature or character onto each shot that you take. Of course, this is easily done in Photoshop, but we are talking analog here! You should use the interior edge of your Holga‘s interior frame to mount your signature. Try putting your initials in tin foil or gluing tiny letters to it. Whatever you place there will appear on in every shot. Bear in mind that the orientation will be reversed on the actual print.
Like its kissing cousin, the Signature mod – this involves pasting small items onto your Holga‘s film mask so that they will appear on every of your images. For this purpose, we used little tiny figures – the kind that are employed in H-O scale model railroad dioramas. Head to your local hobby store and check out their assortment, you‘ll need the smallest figures that they have. Buy a couple and some plastic cement glue. Remove the film mask from your Holga and carefully glue your figurines around the square edge. Be sure to do this away from the camera – you don‘t want no glue on that shutter! Once it‘s fully dried (give it 24 hours), then pop the frame back in and start shooting.
The right tools for the job - Holga, film, film box or thin cardboard, scissors, and electric or gaffers tape.
- 1. Remove the plastic film mask from your Holga camera. Cut up a film box or other piece of cardboard to the same length as the film mask, and half the height (or less than half if you want unbalanced frames).
- 2. Feel free to leave a jagged edge in your cardboard – it will have a cool effect on the photos. Keep in mind that your edge will be magnified in the picture – so the more perfect that you try to make it, the less perfect it will probably look.
- 3. Use some gaffers or electric tape to fasten the cardboard to either the top or bottom half of your Holga frame.
- 4. Load your film as usual and go shoot. For composition, keep in mind that you are shooting half-frame.
- 5. After your last shot, go into a dark room, a car trunk, or use a film-changing bag (they cost about 10 bucks at most pro photo stores). By hand, roll the film from the take-up spool onto the original spool. This is easiest if you hold the spools together. Don’t forget which way is up and which is down on your film roll.
- 6. Once your film is rolled back, then go into a lighted area and flip the Holga mask upside down – so that the cardboard if covering the opposite side.
- 7. Load the film like normal and shoot the roll again (keeping in mind your half-frame composition).
- 8. Develop as usual, smile, and repeat!!!
Step By Step Puzzle-Mask
Remove the back of your Holga. Your puzzle-frame mask should fit perfectly into the Holga in front of where the film will scroll. Fix the 1st puzzle-mask in with a bit of sticky tape. Load your film and you are ready to shoot. Repeat the process with the 2nd puzzle-mask – and shoot another film. You need to do this or none of the jigsaw pieces will fit together. After you develop your shots just cut around the puzzle shape.
There you have it – all the pieces to make a Holga jigsaw. Variation - To make it even more exciting you can stick magnetic paper on the back of your shots before cutting out the shapes. Then you have a nifty magnetic Holga puzzle to put on your refrigerator.
Step By Step Guide To Music Panorama Mask
Tools - transparent paper/Overhead Projector paper (OHP) – which you are able to photocopy onto, a Holga plastic mask, a photocopier, scissors, some sheet music, your Holga, you and some film. Photocopy the sheet music onto the transparent paper. Cut out enough of the transparent paper to cover the plastic mask and stick down. Stick in your music mask into the back of your Holga. Set the "film counter window counter arrow" to 16 so your shots will overlap and if you carefully line up everything up it will look like a good panorama.
Variations - You can of course draw things on the transparent paper with a black marker pen. Alternatively you can photocopy symbols other than music onto the paper. If you just want a simple mask effect set your film counter arrow to 12 and shoot normally