Ever wondered how to use coloured filters for your black and white holga shots, and what effects they have? I have the answer for you
For a long time, I was frustrated with the lack of control on my Holga; I could only really shoot properly in one lighting condition which was dictated by my film speed – ISO 100 for sunny weather and ISO 400 for overcast or shade. I found that using coloured filters allowed me to use a 400 speed film no matter the weather.
Coloured filters have the effect of increasing contrast in your black and white photos, at the same time they also reduce the amount of light hitting your film. By using this idea you can use ISO 400 film in cloudy weather, or simply pop a filter on when the sun is out to give you nice contrast and a properly exposed image.
What you’ll need:
- Holga camera (120 or 35mm both work fine)
- 46-49mm step up ring
- 49mm coloured filter (orange and red work best)
- 49mm lens cap (optional)
Simply screw the step up ring into the front of your holga lens – it can take a bit of force but it gets there eventually. Your filter can then screw directly into the step up ring as shown in the photo above.
When it comes to choosing a coloured filter I suggest getting either a yellow, orange or red filter; each of these increase contrast in different amounts and create beautiful, dramatic photos.
- Yellow filter – slightly increase contrast
- Orange filter – moderately increase contrast
- Red filter – significantly increase contrast
If you’re stuck in shade or overcast weather simply take your filter off and shoot as normal; your ISO 400 film should work perfectly.
I hope these tips are helpful to all of the Holga shooters out there, they’ve definitely worked for me :)