Holga Stereo Cameras
Holga stereo camera family
HOLGA STEREO 3D
Recalling the days before movies and radio, Holga stereo 3D cameras produce analog stereo images that pop out in true 3D when viewed with the stereo viewer. It is a great way to see Holga images beyond the 2D confines of paper and film. Holga Stereo 3D Cameras uses two lenses to take two side-by-side images. These images are then mounted together to create the 3D effect. Three cameras make up the Holga Stereo Line: Holga 120-3D Stereo, Holga 120PC-3D Stereo Pinhole and Holga 135-3D Stereo. Holga 120-3D Camera uses four AA batteries to operate its built-in flashes. Holga 3D pinhole does not have flashes and does not require batteries, nor does the Holga 135-3D as it is outfitted with a standard hot shoe mount.
USING HOLGA 3D
TIP: To get the best 3D results, the Holga stereo cameras should be used with ISO 400 or higher slide films. Load the film as normal but remember the film will stretch across two frames. Negative film can be used but images then need to be printed to size to fit the mounts being used.
- Always make sure to remove both lens caps before shooting.
- Always make sure the focus, flash and shutter settings match for both lenses.
- When advancing the film you MUST advance two frames. Two frames are shot with every 3D exposure. For example, if frame 1 was just shot, advance to frame 3.
- To enhance the 3D effect, compose the image with the third dimension in mind. Make sure there are objects on the different planes of the photo (foreground, middle ground and background).
- If you are too close to an object it will naturally be out of focus. However, when this happens in a 3D image it is very disorienting to the eye and makes the whole image difficult to look at. Try to make sure your foreground plane is at least 3 feet away.
- When processing Holga images at a lab, instruct the lab NOT to cut your film; as you will cut it yourself.
VIEWING HOLGA 3D IMAGES TAKEN WITH SLIDE FILM
When using the 3D Holga Viewer, 3D slide mounts are necessary. It is important to prepare the mounts properly to achieve a 3D image.
- Cut the film into the pairs of images. Cut as straight as possible.
- Interchange the position of the two images when placing them carefully in the bottom slide mount. (For example, if the two images are on frame "1" and "2", place frame "2" on the left side of the slide mount and frame "1" on the right side.)
- Careful alignment in the slide mount is important for the success of the image.
- Tape the edges of the side of the image to the mount.
- Place the top frame on the bottom frame and gently snap it into position. Tape the edges of the mounts closed.
- Put the slide mount into your Holga viewer and aim at a light source.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN USING HOLGA 3D PINHOLE
As with the Holga 120PC and the Holga 135PC, it is best to use with the Holga Shutter Release and a tripod.
Holga 135 TIM (Twin Image Maker) is a 35mm 1/2 frame, multi-image camera, smiles and all. How could your subject not smile with this colorful happy camera smiling back at them? This
little gem can shoot two half-frame exposures at the same time. Or, even beter, shoot two very different half size images on one 35mm negative. Each image taken, be it identical or not,
occupies only half of the regular 35mm film frame. A 36-exp roll of film will now have 72 independent frames.
When shooting with Holga TIM, pay close attention to the aperture settings on its "smile". These settings are much more specific than on other Holga's. There are three different aperture
settings: a sun (roughly f/22), cloud and sun (roughly f/11) and cloud (roughly f/8). Do not ever leave the setting between two apertures on Holga TIM, as nothing will be exposed.
TAKING INDIVIDUAL FRAMES
Because TIM has two lenses, making individual half-format shots with each lens will add a few more steps to the picture-taking process.
On Holga TIM's "face" there is a cover, or "eyelid" for each of its lenses, or "eyes." To take an image, open up the left eyelid leaving the other one closed. Press the shutter
release button, then press the MX button to recock the shutter, close the first eyelid and open the other. Take your second image and wind the film to the next frame.
As with all Holgas, multiple exposures are possible. For Holga TIM, leave an "eye" open and press the MX button to re-cock the shutter. Take photo as normal, knowing that you will now
have overlapping images on that frame.
TAKING DUAL FRAMES, SHOOTING 3D AND MAKING STEREO PRINTS
© Lauren Martinez - Holga TIM
Making dual images is much simpler than individual ones, just open up both of Holga TIM's "eyelids" and shoot. This will produce two nearly identical pictures in the 35mm frame. The best
results come when shooting a subject between about 3 feet to 12 feet away.
To get prints ready for viewing:
- Be sure that prints made measure 3 ½ x 5 inches. This is the ideal size for viewing pictures through a Holga Stereo Viewer.
- Cut the print in half vertically and flip flop the images so that the original left image is now on the right, and vice-versa.
- Tape the images down to a 3 ½ x5 inch card and your stereo image is now ready for viewing.