Q: Can I shoot both black and white and color photos in my Holga?
A: Of course you can. There are three types of film available; black and white, color negative and color slide film.
Q: What is slide film?
A: Slide film is a positive transparency film well known for its vivid color saturation. Historically used for commercial purposes like fashion shoots, landscapes and product
photography; just about any thing you'd see in a magazine. Feeling adventurous? Ask your lab to cross-process your slide film for exciting color shifts!
Q: What is the easiest film to use?
A: Color negative film with a 400 ISO is a great film to start with. It tends to be more forgiving than other films and can be processed at most labs. If your heart is set on black
and white, there are also some black and white films which can be processed in color chemistry (C-41) that are available. Ask your local photo dealer for more information.
Q:Where can I process my film?
A: All 35mm film can be processed at any 24 hour photo processing center (including drugstores). To process 120 film, check your local professional photo labs. If not, your local
Holga dealer can usually provide film developing mailers or a contact number to a local lab.
Q: My pictures are dark in the corners. What am I doing wrong?
A: Dark corners? But that's what you want! The dark corners on a Holga image, called vignetting, are one of Holga's many charms. If you prefer less dramatic vignetting try using the
Q: My pictures are more than fuzzy, they are blurry. What happened?
A: Check the bottom of the camera. Make sure you have the shutter speed switched to "N" for Normal. ("B" for bulb is for long exposures)
Q: Can I use Holga FN or CFN with studio strobes?
A: Yes. Set up your lighting with a photo slave. It triggers your strobes when the camera's built-in flash goes off. Just make sure that the slaves are close enough to pick up the
Q: Can I use infrared film in Holga?
A: Yes, but the impact of light leaks can be more pronounced on infrared films. Make sure your Holga doesn't leak light by taping up all the seams.
Q: I've had my Holga for a long time, but now my pictures are way overexposed. What's wrong?
A: Your Holga's shutter spring may have finally worn out... time for a new Holga! But don't throw away your old one—feel free to tinker with it and come up with exciting new modifications
of your own!
Q: Can I enter my Holga images in photo contests?
A: Absolutely. Holga images have become increasingly accepted in
photo competitions. The most prolific is probably the annual Krappy
Kamera competition, held by the Soho Gallery in New York. For details