I finally developed my first 2 rolls of film from the Holga camera. There were supposed to be 32 pictures, but only 19 of them were processed. The rest were too dark. 😦
Apparently with the Holga, you have to switch on the flash even under sunny conditions. I didn’t know.
I find that with a Holga, you are forced to think and compose a picture in your head before clicking on the shutter button, in part because you only have that few rolls of film to play with, so you would not want to waste any film taking duplicate/triplicate shots.
There’s also some delayed gratification. You can’t review your shots immediately, unlike with a digital camera. You can only wait (impatiently) with bated breath, rushing to the photo studio a week after to review how your photos have turned out.
My new toy deserves a post of its own…. 🙂
Isn’t it adorable? A throwback to the retro age.
A random conversation with the sales lady while I was buying a bag for it.
Lady: Oh, your camera is so cute. Is it a good camera?
Me: No, the images might come out blurry and it’s not sharp like a digital camera
Lady: Why do you buy it??
Me: Because it can take imperfect pictures. Imperfect pictures can be beautiful.
I was also drowning myself in the instruction manual. I like the part on “simple suggestions”. It’s plain simple. 🙂
- Always check to see that the lens cap has been removed before taking a picture
- Always take pictures with the sun behind the camera
- Always hold the camera steadily and firmly against one’s face
- Always press down the Shutter Release Button gently to avoid jerking
- Always advance the film until the next Frame Counter number appears in the Frame Counter Window after a picture is taken
- Always load or remove films in a dark place
- Always use the flash when taking pictures in shades or an insufficiently lit-up room
- Never take pictures with an object distance of less than 3.25ft
- Always clean the lens only with a piece of soft and smooth cloth..