As the old adage says, you learn from your mistakes. Here are a few things I learned from using my Holga CFN for the first time.
I’ve been itching to try lomo photography for ages, but it was only a month ago when I finally decided to purchase a Holga CFN. I’m pretty much pleased with the first roll of Fuji Velvia shot in my Holga, but I know they’ve could been better.
Here are a few things I learned from using my Holga CFN (named Holgaga) for the first time:
• Getting too excited could be disastrous! Don’t forget to remove the lens cap. Apparently, this is a common mistake that many novice Lomographers (like me) commit. I wasted a couple of shots when I failed to take the lens cap off before snapping.
• Read the film specifications. Different films produce different results. I was clueless that specific films require specific lights. Fuji Velvia, for instance, gives impressive results in outdoor, daylight occasions.
• Holga is a toy camera that needs a lot of light. Shooting in low light conditions (without a flash and a superspeed film) is a bad idea. Now I know!
• Secure the back of the camera with an electrical tape. It has a a tendency to get dislocated and fall off. My first roll of black and white film got overexposed due to light leaks.
• Don’t ignore the N and B setting, that’s the little switch at the bottom of Holga. Some of the my indoor shots were crappy because I didn’t switch the aperture to Bulb setting which is necessary for long exposures.
• Use a pair of reliable, brand new batteries especially if you plan to take photos at night. This is very important! I found myself getting really frustrated because the old batteries I put in the compartments died only after taking a couple of shots. Argh!
• Check the foam padding and battery compartments too. Make sure they’re not loose and are correctly aligned. To ensure their stability, tape them. I failed to do this, so my batteries ended up getting displaced, and the foam got stuck in the film.
That’s basically it! As the old adage says, you learn from your mistakes. I can’t wait to get out, take some more snaps, and play with my Holga, hopefully without committing the mentioned errors again!