November 21, 2006 at 2:54 am #806verucaParticipant
Riffing off of Elsinore’s square crop theme and adding an extra layer of Holga/Lomo goodness. You don’t have to own a Holga or Lomo to participate as there are plugins for both Photoshop and the GIMP, and lots of tutorials out there which explain the process.
Entries should be ideally based off the 6×6 medium format platform, and should be sized by divisions of 6 accordingly (540×540, 480×480, 420×420, etc).November 21, 2006 at 2:56 am #7450verucaParticipant
I downloaded the Photoshop Holga action from Adobe – PM or email me if you’re interested! Also have two scripts which simulate the effect.
(edited to change plugin to action…)November 21, 2006 at 4:07 am #7451CuriousParticipant
ask this in another thread but …. i own two twin lens reflex 2 1/4 cameras, are either, both acceptable? there are not holga. or for that matter any old shots scanned for this contest? and besides the format is there a theme subject?November 21, 2006 at 4:13 am #7452
Here’s an example of a simulated Holga shot (I don’t own a Holga either, btw):
A hallmark of the Holga/Lomo look is the vignetting, the often distorted optics (which can be simulated with a LensBaby as well), and if shooting color film, some level of added saturation. If you shoot digital, you can actually get a Holga lens for your camera at http://holgamods.com that’s made from an actual Holga lens mounted on a camera body cap. I’m seriously considering one myself 😉November 21, 2006 at 4:45 am #7453CuriousParticipant
well that won’t work. both my 2 1/4’s actually take decent pictures. and adding a plastic lens to screw the shots up just isn’t my cup of tea. maybe i’ll try the plugin on an existing 2 1/4 neg. got a few of them.November 21, 2006 at 5:24 am #7454
Nice photo Elsinore. It really has a retro feel/look to it. I checked the link and they’re sold out until Dec. 4, but that still gives me time. 🙂November 21, 2006 at 5:43 am #7455millera9Participant
1.) What exactly is/constitutes/defines a “Lomo”? Is it a piece of equipment, style, effect….?
2.) Does anyone have a tutorial for The GIMP that they think might help steer some of us n00bs in the right direction?November 21, 2006 at 5:58 am #7456
Thanks GalleyWench! Damn, that sucks that they’re sold out…hm…that waiting list is tempting…could still come in in time for Christmas…
Lomo is a Russian made 35mm low-fi camera. Photos taken with it are similar in appearance to photos taken with a Holga. They both give a retro look, both tend to have distortions in their optics, both tend to vignette, both tend to do funny things to color saturation to some extent. But the effect is often simulated either with other cameras or in post-processing of digital images.
For GIMP help, there’s a book out there called Beginning GIMP by Akkana Peck that’s a pretty solid reference, especially if you’re just starting out with it. There’s also some tutorials at http://www.gimp.org/tutorials , http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/index.html , and http://www.gimpguru.org/Tutorials/ Hope that helps!November 21, 2006 at 5:59 am #7457
Here is a link to the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomography
I like the 10 rules of lomography.November 21, 2006 at 6:22 am #7458
Some good tips here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/lomofakersunite/discuss/24514/November 21, 2006 at 7:28 pm #7459linguineParticipant
Is this something that more or less looks like a holga shot is supposed to?
November 21, 2006 at 7:54 pm #7460monkeybortParticipant
linguine – that looks good to me!November 22, 2006 at 12:09 am #7461bobrobertsParticipant
Here’s an amazing shot (not mine, unfortunately) taken with a Lomo:November 22, 2006 at 3:40 am #7462linguineParticipant
Thanks, this has been having a lot of fun getting to play around with some of my older shots that Ive never had a chance to use for anything.November 22, 2006 at 4:22 am #7463
Nice shot, linguine 🙂 Are you using the GIMP plugin? It is seriously addicting! If you’re using the GIMP one, play around with the variables. I usually turn off (0) the blur and zoom, but mess with the stretch some, anywhere between 1-4, but usually 2-3. Occasionally I’ll get some odd circular artifacts when running it, but sometimes playing with the stretch variable fixes it. It’s made me want to go out and get a Holga to play with!
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