When we were in Vegas last week we made our way into Urban Outfitters and I walked out with a little pink Holga digital. I didn’t even know this was a thing and you can just imagine just how excited I was about it!
If you are not familiar with what Holga is, it is a toy plastic camera that shoots 120 or 35mm film. My holgas are all 120mm film and I have been obsessed with them for years. Holgas are known for really great distortions, light leaks, and interesting colors. The object of Holga is to “just shoot” and to not think too much about the rules and principles in photography. It creates very artistic and unique photographs and a great creative outlet. I am located in a place now where I cannot get my film developed and have been going through some serious Holga withdraws. When I saw this Holga Digital I purchased it without any questions.
I have had the chance to take it out shooting a few times and here’s what I learned from shooting with this cute little camera.
- The Holga Digital is supposed to give you the “surprise” experience just like film would, so when you take photos you cannot see them on your camera until you put the SD card into your computer.
- There are a few options with the holga digital that you can use to mix and match. You can either set the format to 35mm or 120mm and also between black and white or color. I personally like the 35mm setting because it gives you a vignette.
- I would highly suggest taking photos with this in sunlight. If you try to take photos in darker light there will be a lot of camera shake.
What are my thoughts about the Holga Digital? It is definitely not the same as film and probably a product you might not totally enjoy if you are very familiar with the film formats and overall quality. I was a little disappointed at the lack of unique color and light leaks. The quality of the images is quite low as well, nothing you can end up blowing up into a large print in the end. I would highly suggest this to anyone who wants to step into the Lomography and Holga community though! It’s user friendly and will help you get into the concept of Holga. Its a small and lightweight camera that you can take anywhere. It will also help save a lot of money on film and film processing!