This Dreamy Holga Photo Was Shot from the Stratosphere

If you’ve ever wondered what the most unique project ever done is using a toy-like camera, this out of this world Holga project likely takes the spot. 

Crude and low-tech as it is, the Holga remains one of the most popular cameras for nostalgic and even quirky film photography projects. But one project upped things by several notches by taking it way out into the stratosphere. The brave and bright minds behind the idea actually flew not one, not two, but four Holga cameras to make sure they snagged the shot!

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Cult Classic Holga 120N Lives Again and is Available to Buy Right Now

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The Holga 120N has made a comeback that will no doubt please lovers of this little plastic marvel.

The Holga 120N is the stuff of legends. This little plastic camera has garnered cult status thanks to its surreal dream like image quality, random light leaks, and its uncomplicated approach to photography. The Holga 120N disappeared from the market, but as of right now the fantastic plastic camera is back, and it now comes in a variety of flavors. Join us after the break to find out more about the little camera that could, and how you can get your hands on one. Continue reading…

The Holga Printer Will Turn Your Mobile Snapshots Into Instant Pictures

The battery-free Holga Printer has already smashed through its Kickstarter goal!

Three years after launching Holga Digital, Hong Kong-based Holga is back with a new product that marries the ease of mobile photography with the charm of analog photography: The Holga Printer. According to the timeline found on the campaign’s Kickstarter page, Holga came up with the idea and initial prototype design for the Holga Printer back in March 2016. It took almost two years for the first prototype to be produced; finally, in February 2018, the final prototype was completed.

Instead of convincing people to ditch their smartphones – which the average person now turns to by default to take pictures with – for an actual camera, Holga decided to develop a product that could enrich mobile photographers’ experience instead.

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Troyce Hoffman Captures Stunning Black and White Landscapes Using a Holga

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If you still have a Holga camera lying around, we spotted a set of stunning black and white photos that will make you want to pick that Holga up and take it on a road trip. Through his snaps of the American West, California-based documentary photographer Troyce Hoffman shows us exactly how the iconic toy camera works wonders in capable hands.

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Holga Digital Has a Limited Hong Kong Skyline Edition on Indiegogo Marketplace

If you find the Holga Digital still an interesting idea, you might want to check out a limited Hong Kong skyline edition now available on Indiegogo Marketplace.

It’s been three years since the Holga Digital was released and fully funded on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but not without some hiccups along the way. For those who are still curious about the camera at the very least, there’s a limited Hong Kong skyline edition that has been made available on the Indiegogo Marketplace. Continue reading…

Troyce Hoffman: Hypnotic Photos of the American West on Kodak Tri-X

All images by Troyce Hoffman. Used with permission.

“While Europe has thousands of years worth of ancient cities and temples, America has its great canyons, mountains, forests, and deserts; these are our great wonders,” says northern California based Photographer Troyce Hoffman. “They are the great equalizer in our country; they belong to both rich and poor serving as a vast communal backyard.” Troyce’s images are mostly shot in the public lands of the American West and he has worked to capture images of the American West using Kodak Tri-x for a while now.

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Good News! The Holga Camera is Coming Back!

For years the Holga was m known as a little toy camera with its own cult following. A plastic camera with plastic lenses which later influenced the design of the Lomography Diana F+, the Holga lacked the marketing and millions of designer customizations of the Lomography option. Couple this with a few really tough times in the photo market within the past few years and you’ve got a recipe for death. After being put to rest in 2015, it seems like the little camera which gave birth to things like the Holgaroid and one of the cooler pinhole camera options on the market is going to be making a return. This follows the whole load of really amazing things that are happening this year in the analog film photography community.

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A New Kickstarter Wants to Create the Holga Digital

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You’ve seen Holga around–those multicolored toy cameras are ubiquitous with their ramshackle construction and attention to light leaks that make for lighthearted and quirky photos. Maybe you’ve used one, maybe you haven’t. Now, the camera has finally gone digital, though it can only be realized if you back it on Kickstarter.

It’s a barebones digital machine with a lens that has two apertures (f2.8 and f8) and two image frames (4:3 and 1:1). It has enough tech inside to support Wi-fi capable SD card, and you have the option to vignette your images or not in the same way that many holgas do. There’s a hot shoe, too, and the ability to mount different lenses via an adaptor. The sensor is presently shrouded in mystery, but we’ll update you when we have more information. Given the $75 or more pledge guarantee of a camera, we’re assuming it isn’t that large; but we could be wrong.

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Matthew Hall on Getting Sick of Taking Critically Sharp Images

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All images by Matthew Hall. Used with permission.

Photographer Matthew Hall was an English teacher for 13 years before closing up shop and starting to work as a photographer. Today, has has been shooting for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, first as an intern and then as a regular freelancer, on the Advisory Board for the Department of Photographic Imaging at Community College of Philadelphia and a contributor and editor for 35 to 220. But in his line of work, he eventually became bored as many photographers do.

“As you might be able to tell, I kind of got sick of taking critical sharp images and wanted to explore the other end of the spectrum.” he tells us about his Holga project using Portra 160VC and Ektar 25.

We talked to Matt about his project involving complete creativity.

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The Beautiful Multiple Exposure Film Photos of Hayden Williams

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All images by Hayden Williams. Used with permission.

Photographer Hayden Williams is an analog film shooter that believes that the only limitations that everyone has is their creativity. And so he embraces this with his double exposure images. Unlike many modern shooters, Hayden uses film to create the photos that he conjures in his mind. The process is then more organic and involves no use of Photoshop.

But Hayden learned this only after not loving what he did in the popular program.

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This Holga Camera Was Modified to Shoot Digital Images

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All images by Pete Taylor. Used with permission.

While the Holga is a camera that has been subject to many hacks, not many have put a Raspberry Pi camera in it. But Peter Taylor has done such a thing. But not only did he create the camera using Raspberry Pi, but he also modified the lens a bit and the camera overall to be a bit more accommodating to its digital overlord. By adding in a module and sensor similar to what you see in mobile phones, he was able to bring this classical camera to life in the digital world.


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This Holga Camera Shoots Wet Plate Collodians

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All images by Ian Ruhter. Used with permission

When one thinks of a Holga camera, they often associate it with some of the most Lo-fi images that they’ve ever seen. But Ian Ruhter does something that is completely different. Combining his love of wet plate collodion photographry (which is often down at the lowest of ISO levels) Ian has figured out a way to hack a Holga camera to shoot these awesome positives.

Further, Ian states that him and his team work with a wide range of sizes when it comes to plates. “Our largest plates are 4×5 feet all way down to 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4 that I shot with the Holga camera.” states Mr. Ruhter. “The best part of the holga camera is you don’t need to make any modifications. Once you cut the plate to the correct size it fits right in the camera.” Ian continued to state that they still use the camera’s plastic lens to shoot the photos that they do.

But through the process, Ian and his team discovered that they were able to hand hold the camera when working with Profoto lights–something that was typically never done before as the cameras often need seconds to expose an image. Because of this, they were able to create more candid looking images as opposed to the older antique portraits that the process has become known for. The reason for this is because of the amount of light used in the process. Wet plate collodion images are rated at ISO 1, and so the way that the team is able to accomplish what they do is by overpowering the sun with two 2400 watt second Profoto packs with magnum reflectors placed fairly close to the subject.

They’re in the process of working on a project series, but more info will come on that in the future. More of their images and a BTS video are after the jump.

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Alan Thoburn’s Haunting Pinhole Photos Will Leave You in Awe

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All images by Alan Thoburn. Used with permission.

Pinhole photographers can often create some beautiful and mysterious scenes that leave us only wanting more. When we stumbled upon Alan Thoburn’s pinhole images, we felt that exact same way. Alan doesn’t shoot very much pinhole work, but he totally should! He is otherwise a documentary and fine art photographer.

Alan shot the photos with a modified Holga pinhole camera. He states, “I always used a tripod and an exposure calculator (I think it came with the camera, and was based on the size of the pin hole) Basically, it allowed you to take a conventional lightmeter reading, and adjust it using a special chart.” says Thoburn. “I’ve always been strict about technique, and wanted my exposures to be correct, sad I know! I used a slow black & white film, either Ilford Pan F or Ilford FP4, processed at home.”

Alan did this project because he was going through an exploratory phase and trying out alternative analog photography methods. He loved to use a Lomo LCA, Holga Toy Camera, a Diana Toy Camera and the pinhole. When it came to pinhole work, it all about finding landscapes that were minimal. Alan feels that his choice of black and white film, because I wanted to create a fairly ‘timeless’ effect and enhance the atmosphere of the subject.

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Weekend Humor: B&H Offers Plaid Shirts with Each Camera Purchase

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In an effort to help photographers discover their true nature, B&H Photo will offer a plaid shirt with each camera purchase. The program, originally conceived by B&H’s general manager Don Lefkowitz, aims to both invigorate and advance the careers of nascent photographers. The initial selection of shirts is limited, but that will soon expand as B&H forges relationships with different clothing companies. Currently, B&H has an agreement with Uniqlo.

“I was at this fashion event,” Lefkowitz said over the phone. “And all the photographers were wearing plaid. Not all the same color scheme obviously, but it was plaid everywhere!”

Given B&H’s status as the place for photographers, Lefkowitz reasoned that he could play a stronger role in photographer’s lives by giving them the essential element of a photographer’s existence beyond the camera. That essential element is the plaid shirt. Perhaps this is because each vertex represents the intersection of creative vision and technology. Or maybe it’s just because all the lines create myriad frames.

Lefkowitz introduced the idea at a meeting with the various department managers, and they offered muted agreement. One of the executives suggested just giving those photographers studios in Williamsburg, but that was quickly ruled impractical. Shirts would be far easier to offer.

“Why send them somewhere else?” Lefkowitz said. “Why not give them everything they need right here?”

The shirts, which B&H will start offering on Jan. 1, 2014, will have a small buttoned pocket on each sleeve for storing SD cards. If you purchase a vintage lens outside of the kit option, you’ll also get a beanie. If you purchase a second lens alongside everything else, you’ll get nonprescription eyeglasses. If you happen to add a leather camera bag at the end of all of that, you’ll get a pack of American Spirits.

If you’re daring enough to buy a Holga, you’ll get two plaid shirts.

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Review: Digital Holga Lens (Canon DSLRs)

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Lomos and Holgas are all the rage now, as digital photography advances ever forward and all users want is to ironically go back to the retro-age. To be fair, I’ve become quite the Lomo and film addict myself since I joined The Phoblographer. Our friends at Photojojo wanted to hook us up with both the luxuries of digital shooting as well as the iconic image results of a Holga camera. The solution: the Digital Holga Lens. Nothing more than the same Holga lens you’d find on the classic plastic camera, the Digital Holga lens lets you mount it on to your Canon or Nikon DSLR for the same lo-fi effect.

Skip on down past the break for our full review with plenty of sample images.

 

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For the Cost of Just Under $100, You Too Can Take Crappy Photos With Your Canon DSLR

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Previously, one was able to adapt Diana F+ and Holga lenses onto their Canon DSLR. But now, you can get a whole Holga filter kit, shoot in Auto, and get crappy photos too! Holga’s Lo-Fi aesthetic isn’t really for everyone, but masters can actually create some extremely visually stunning work with it. No word on a Holgaroid setup yet though.

Now, does this look familiar to you at all? It should, because it seems that the original concept was for the iPhone, but now adapted to Canon DSLRs and given a price bump.

The product listing states that this can fit any Canon DSLR, which also means that the full frame crowd can take advantage of this little plastic toy. However, part of the joys of using a holga is shooting 120 film and not knowing what you’ll get. If the photo snob in you can get over that, then spring for this.

Via Canon Watch [fancycrave via designyoutrust]

 

The Digital Holga Lens Transforms Your DSLR into a Toy Camera

All of you have probably heard of Holga, the king of toy cameras. The vintage vignetting and lens flare that some of us want on our photos that can only be done through editing or even the “creative” light leaks that the Holga have been popularly known for have become a pain to achieve. With the number of films being discontinued and to never be seen again, it’s a scary time for film shooters.

However, Photojojo has come up with a solution that just might satisfy your inner hipster. Not everyone can afford to constantly buy medium format film and to get the rolls developed only to find out a couple of images were actually good. The Digital Holga lens is essentially what its name suggests. It’s a plastic Holga lens that mounts directly onto your Canon or Nikon DSLR body that instantly turns your pro setup into a nostalgic reminder of the good ol’ days. Continue reading…