After eagerly popping in the first roll of film, I was on a roll taking photos with my friend Kana.
The advanced technology of the Holga defeated me. The shutter was set to bulb instead of normal and every photo taken suffered the consequence of being exposed with a shaky hand.
The whole lomo style makes the blur almost match, so I don’t think these photos were completely ruined. Lesson learned, be sure to double check the switch to make sure you’re on the correct setting for this camera. There are only a few options on how to shoot, so you will really feel dumb if you mess it up.
The second roll of film came out as planned. This day was extremely bright and hot, causing some pretty strong shadows to fall on Kana. I decided to throw on my Canon speedlite and see how that would work. At this point, I can’t exactly remember which photos had the flash, I really need to start taking notes on the shots.
I find it crazy that the mentality of shooting completely changes when it comes to using a toy camera like this. The pixel peeping and need for sharpness, so common when typically photographing digital images, are really thrown out the door. The plastic lens, with its soft focus, light leaks and heavy vignetting bring out so much character to the image. I’ve begun to accept the roughness in the photos and look more towards the composition and feel I get from the moment.