Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with a Holga attachment, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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After you've spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on a really nice camera body, I…really can't recommend enough putting a really cheap plastic toy lens on the front.…Now, I'm actually being serious here.…You're probably familiar with a Holga camera.…It's a Russian cheap kind of toy camera with a plastic lens and a lot of light leaks and…a lot of other optical problems. It shoots medium-format film and has become very popular over…the last few years because it shoots these really nice kind of randomly beaten-up images.…There are companies that sell Holga lenses that you can attach to your SLR.…
It's a Holga lens attached to a modified mounting system for Canon or Nikon, or other cameras.…Attach it to the front and you actually have a Holga-equipped SLR that you can use to shoot…digital Holga images.…Now, these images are very, very beat up.…The Holga lens that I got has extreme vignetting. The focus is pretty soft.…Your focus mechanism--there is no auto-focus on a Holga--your focus mechanism is sketchy at best.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.