lomography and photography: the holga

holga, japan

The Holga is a particular analog camera. The trick about this tool is that its interests resides in its imperfections… What imperfection and why? It’s not difficult to answer that. Every part of this camera is made of plastic, from the lens to the shutter. So it has a lot of lens “aberrations”, distortion, color saturation and so on. Oh and when it gets a little old, you can have light leaks. One characteristic feature of a holga photograph is the vignetting. As you can see on the image, the edges are darker than the center. And the colors: holga likes the skies and is providing magnificient blue tones.

But it’s not always easy to make a nice holga shot: because it needs a tone of light and is sometimes very approximate in focus, plus there’s just one shutter aperture and speed.

But when everything is set up, you can have some great results and effects you can’t get with another regular camera. If I had more budget for it, I would shoot a lot more holga pictures. But as it uses 120mm it’s quiet expensive to process.
Here’s a picture I did when traveling Japan, it was taken in Nara, one of Japan ancient capitals.

One thought on “lomography and photography: the holga

  1. learn how to process yourself and then you will realise how good the holga is 😉 self processing is so cheap.

    cool post though!

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