My New Toy . Photography

July 8, 2010 separator Photography

I just took the plunge into film photography! I was going to get a disposable camera for Rhianne’s Photo Swap, but then I decided that for the relatively low price and rich, unpredictable photo quality, a Holga was right up my alley. After pestering Rhianne with about four different, hopelessly inquisitive e-mails, she steered me towards the 135bc. It uses standard 35mm film and has black corners that yield prettily vignetted images. I’ve only taken a couple pictures yet, but I can’t wait to try out some double exposures and shots of the gorgeous horse farms that make up the bluegrass countryside here!

At that, I’ll leave you with a twinge of jealousy and a few shots taken on Holga 135bc cameras:


CNV000033-2.jpg image by seah89


  1. Victoria – You process the same was as regular film for mine, though some Holgas take 120 film, which must be processed differently.

    Erin – Get one! Get one! If you get a 135 or 135bc, then you can get the film developed at any film shop!

    Tsuki – I’m almost through with my first roll, so I don’t know about my light leaks yet, but I’ve seen some images with leaks that I really actually like a lot!!!

    Shana – The difference with a Holga is primarily that it has a plastic lens. The 135bc also has black corners, which give the pictures kind of a vintage feel. It is part of a category called toy cameras and is really very simple camera to produce really rich images. I’m having a blast with mine so far!

    Rose Red – I’m so glad you’ve found me! I can’t wait to swap myself, and I just adore Rhianne and her blog!!!

    Thanks to everybody for the well-wishes, and I’ll have to post my first roll when it develops!

  2. I just found your blog through Rhiannes blog. I’m so excited for the photo swap! I have a lomo lc-a, but I’ve been eying the holga.

  3. I’ve thought of getting a holga camera since reading about it in domino magazine. I never understood exactly what it is though. It’s not like the other film camera’s I grew up with, right? The colors are completely different.


  4. I’ve got a Diana camera, and I’ve had a few double exposures, but since it’s always because I’ve forgotten to wind them, they haven’t turned out especially fantastic. Can’t wait to see your photos!

  5. I love holgas!! I can’t wait to celebrate mine next week, I’m so glad you got one too 🙂

  6. I LOVE my holga! I also have a lomo fisheye that a friend gave me. double exposures are fun. As well as not completely taping up the sides (as suggested) to allow the light leaks in.

  7. I asked for one of these last Christmas but my husband, who doesn’t know a thing about photography, couldn’t figure out why I wanted a toy camera for Christmas so I didn’t get one. Boo hoo. So when I get the cash, I’m going to get one myself. I’ll just have to figure out where to get film developed!

    xo Erin

  8. So pretty. I want a Holga too. I’ve had my eye on one from Amazon for a while. Can’t wait to see what you capture!

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