My sister let me borrow her Holga camera a while back. I had a few roles of film that I shot over a year ago that I hadn’t gotten developed. While I was on vacation I dropped them off at a camera shop near her house that develops 120 film. I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos with you since the best part of taking photos on a Holga is the surprise in seeing how they turn out. I don’t love all of them, and wish some had turned out a bit differently, but that comes with the territory.
Because of their cheap construction, Holga cameras are known for random light streaks, vignetting, a slightly fuzzy look from the plastic lens, and often numbers and sprocket holes in the middle of your photo. If you haven’t used a Holga before, a good way to get a sense of the level of control you have are the focus settings which are a picture of one person, three people, seven people, and mountains.
I really like taking photos with the Holga. The downside is that it’s pretty expensive to buy and develop the film. But I like the surprise of dropping off film and seeing what prints you get back. Here’s how they turned out: