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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tricks and Secrets

One of my projects for the summer is to explore the art of Lomography. And I love the idea of using 35 mm film in my Holga camera, which usually takes the more expensive 120 film. I came across these amazing photos recently by Stephanie Kac on flickr. I'm amazed at how she got the double exposure of the Eiffel Tower on 35 mm film! It's genius!

It seems easy to convert the camera to the smaller format film (it involves a couple of sponges and some duct tape.) Has anyone out there done it?

Imagine the surprise of the photo clerk who develops the film! There's lots of photography secrets and tricks on the website. Dazzling inspiration.


Blogger erin said...

wow! what a project!

June 4, 2009 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger the real mia said...

Oh my! I have to show these images to my photo students.

June 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Paul Gonella said...

I tend to use 35mm in my Holga more than the usual medium format film simply because it is easier and cheaper to get developed, not to mention being able to take multiple exposures, the great colours, light leaks, etc. I don't have the Lomography conversion kit and use the sponge and elastic bands trick, it is very easy to do and only takes five minutes. Really worth doing and experimenting with.

June 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you! rubber bands?! how fantastic. i love the idea of taking pictures with these sort of pieced together contraptions.

June 4, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fantastic idea! I'm excited to try it!

June 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ran a roll of 35mm (black and white) through my holga once, but I didn't cover the back window very well...there was a /major/ light leak. So when I developed the film (myself), the outside pictures were black, and the inside ones had a black square right in the middle...quite the learning experience. I have a bunch of film (35mm and 120), so it's something that I'm going to be trying again.

June 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I really wish I knew how to develop film! I'm kicking myself for not taking a photography class in high school. its so expensive to develop 120 film. It makes the now expired Polaroid film seem cheep!

June 4, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Neat-o! I'm going to have to look this up. I like the idea of a pinhole camera to.

By the way Tina, (((THANKS)))

June 4, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger kerri ní dochartaigh said...

missey i bought my boy a 35mm holga! all ready made by the lovely lomography!!!!go get one! xxxx

June 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black and white film is really easy and can be done at home. Colour negative film and colour transparency film has a much more difficult process, and not something that can be done at home. I started writing a blog (entry) about developing film, but I haven't finished it yet... I guess it's something I should finish...

June 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Of course!! Lomography now has a 35 mm Holga!! Those guys are amazing. they now have the rights to every funky little plastic camera ever made! they're single handedly saving kodak and fiji film from digital extinction!

June 4, 2009 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Can't wait to check out the website. Your photos are incredible!!

June 4, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

I just did this not to long ago and have just taken the film into be developed. Can't wait to see how they turn out. Right now I have a roll of Infared film in my Holga.

I use the foam to hold the film in place and I put black tape on the edges so that it won't scratch the film.

I will post some images when I get it back.


June 4, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

The bf uses 35mm in his holga and I do in my diana too. sooo much cheaper and simple. :) We use the lomo format changer things though but I know there are lots and lots of tuts on how to convert with duct tape and sponges.:)

The diana has a mask that allows you to take the shot all the way to the edges of the film (like the ones you have here) but I don't know how to get it from there to the computer because I dont have a film scanner. :(

Let us know how you go! :D

June 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Laura Trevey said...

Those images are AMAZING...

Very cool!

June 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hi -- I just found your blog and wanted to say how much I enjoy it. Thanks for the great photos!

June 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Jackie Pfeffer said...

So beautiful!! I definitely want to give this a try!

June 4, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Leandro said...

Hi Tina, its pretty easy to convert. Here is a link to a how to blog. I've done it using popsicle sticks taped to the roll of 35mm so its the same size as the 120 spool, keeps it locked in place for the most part. Others use foam. The do it yourself kind also means you have to rewind the film by hand in the dark or dark bag. Also you have to tape the back window completely. Plus you have to count your clicks of the film advance which can be a little tricky. There are a couple of different kits as well.

Here is a link to a site all things holga.

This kit is all self contained (fits inside the holga), counter wheel, with or without sprocket holes.

This kit is cheaper, but I don't think you can get sprocket holes, or you would have to combine the hack technique above and utilize just the back from this kit since its solid. All the other aspects remain the same, count the clicks and film has to be unloaded in the dark.,+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=45&navAction=poppushpush&color=&pushId=A_MEDIA_CAMERAS&popId=APARTMENT_MEDIA&prepushId=

Let me know if you need any more info.

June 4, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Husband and I were pretty obsessed with lomo cameras for a couple of summers...we took them on roadtrips for a while. But I am such an obsessive photo-taker that the volume is just too high for anything but digital. I can't control myself - it's impossible. So I've resigned myself to a digital lifestyle. Those double-exposures are really cool, though!

June 4, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger The Cottage Cheese said...

Wicked cool! I can't wait to see your images!

June 4, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Leandro said...

oh and you'll need to scan them to get the sprockets, most labs can't deal with it. You would need to get a scanner that can either scan full strips of 35mm or better yet, a scanner that does medium format then you can tape it down or get some anti newton ring glass to lay on top or get special film holders from - yep, the costs start to add up no matter which you go.

June 4, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger shelliebellie said...

o my goodness! the eifel tower is a great photo. how exiting! do you think getting them developed in a lab gives you the out come you want? or alot of ppl to get those artsy pics develop them themself.

June 5, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love those! I would kill to learn how to do that, but it seems like a waste of time with things like PhotoShop.

June 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Rie said...

i love lomography!!

June 5, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger mina said...

those are absolutely stunning!

June 6, 2009 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...


June 7, 2009 at 2:29 AM  
Blogger Penney said...

This amazingly awesome! How fun, and you can do so much with the finished products. Need to look into REAL film again!!
Thanks Tina!!! Great sharing from everyone..

June 7, 2009 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Penney said...


June 7, 2009 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger BloomingPink said...

I have a 35 mm back for my holga. Makes it VERY easy.

If you like Holga type shots, you might also like the look of TTV photography.

June 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, I absolutely LOVE those two photos! So pretty! Thanks for posting.

June 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM  

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