Lo-Fi Photography

My Various Holga Setups

Posted in Gear by Ray on 05.05.2010

I have several Holga cameras that I set up differently for various techniques.

This is my infrared setup, using a Holga 120GFN outfitted with a 46mm to 49mm Hoya adapter ring, Hoya R72 IR filter, and a Holga shutter release set.


This is a shot using Efke IR820 Aura. It was slightly cloudy, so I had the shutter open (in the sunny setting) for about 3 or 4 seconds (this is where the cable release comes in handy).

This is my Tunnelvision setup, using a Holga 120N with a Lomo Tunnelvision 0.45x adapter lens.


This is a representative shot with Ilford FP-4+. The lens gives a wider angle, provides a more aggressive vignetting, and a distortion similar to a flipped lens.

This is my Holgaroid setup, using a Holga 120TRL with a Polaroid back attached. On a regular Holga the viewfinder is obstructed by back, so the twin lens reflex format is to me a great solution around this problem.


This shot was taken with Polaroid Type 84 black and white film. It’s a square format, and you know what Huey Lewis said…"it’s hip to be square."

As a glutton for punishment, I shoot dry plate tintype with a Holga 120WPC pinhole camera.


The 6×9 mask has been slightly modified with two strips of museum board to hold the plates in place. This is my first shot with the Rockland tintype kit and it was a 2 minute exposure on a sunny afternoon.


Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Posted in News by Ray on 04.25.2010

Today (April 25, 2010) is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, an international event created to promote and celebrate the art of pinhole photography.

Here’s a tintype I shot through my Holga 120 WPC in celebration:

I’ve been shooting dry plate tintypes using the Rockland Colloid kit. I’ll be writing about it in more detail.

Holga + Polaroid = HOLGAROID!

Posted in Gear by Ray on 11.08.2009

This is my plastic fantastic. One of my least reliable cameras to use, but produces some of my favorite images with its many low-fidelity characteristics such as vignetting, lens distortion, blur, soft focus, and light leaks.

Holga cameras have a large following with artists, budget medium format photographers, and toy camera enthusiasts that are not concerned with having the most megapixels, sharpest lens, and microscopic detail grabbing sensors that have all but sucked the soul and mood out of the image.

Holga + Polaroid = Holgaroid! Combining a craptastic camera with crappy film, how does the double negative rule work again?

I have the original Polaroid back that takes the long discontinued Type 80 pack film. I think it’s cooler than the new Holgaroid backs that take 3×4 pack film because the image from the Type 80 film is square…and you know what Huey Lewis said…It’s Hip to be Square.

It’s tricked out with a hand grip, making it seem like one of those press cameras….except of course it’s plastic with a flimsy tacked on viewfinder that falls off all the time when the camera itself isn’t falling off from the Polaroid assembly…see the metal clip that keeps the camera on the back? Then there’s the dark slide that I sometimes forget to take off (resulting in a blank shot), and the fact it’s a fixed aperture (my GFN has a sunny and cloudy setting but alas doesn’t actually change aperture size) and fixed shutter speed…forcing me to typically shoot only in certain light conditions (I like to set it to Bulb and use the force instead of a meter with this camera). Why do I put up with all the fuss? Because it brings all the joys of a scratch-off lottery win when the image does come out.

Here’s a picture using Type 84 black & white peel apart film. Note the heavy vignetting, soft focus, blur, and light leaks…but evocative in my opinion, and maybe just a bit eerie in this case.

Holgapalooza Winners Announced

Posted in News by Ray on 11.02.2009


After weeks of eager anticipation, the winners of the 2009 Holgapalooza competition was announced today!

Amazingly I won first place in the Holgaroid category, and am humbled and excited by this honor (what I really want to say is ZOMG!).

The winning photos will be revealed in Issue 16 of Light Leaks Magazine due out in early 2010, so we’ll have to wait to see what was selected.

Congratulations to all the winners below:

Judge: Sandra Carrion
1st: Gayle Stevens
2nd: Phil Bebbington
3rd: Ray Carns
Honourable Mention: Maggie Willis

Judge: Gordon Stettinius
1st: Christiane Ingenthron
2nd:Warren Harold
3rd: James Arnold
Honorable Mention: St├ęphane Heinz

Judge: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
1st: Sarah Hodzic
2nd: Zeb Andrews
3rd: Alain Gauvin
Honourable Mention: Lori Andrews

Judge: Michelle Bates
1st: Laura Burlton
2nd: Chris Durnin
3rd: Jeff Evans
Honourable Mention: Chris Hanke

Category: Holgaroids
Judge: Steph Parke
1st: Ray Yen
2nd: Penny Nannini
3rd: Nicole Gesmondi
Honourable Mention: Isabelle Field