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1-10-07 – Holga/Lomo

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  • #806
    veruca
    Participant

    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).

    #7450
    veruca
    Participant

    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…)

    #7451
    Curious
    Participant

    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?

    #7452
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Here’s an example of a simulated Holga shot (I don’t own a Holga either, btw):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_elsinore/275940469/

    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 😉

    #7453
    Curious
    Participant

    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.

    #7454
    Klahanie
    Participant

    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. 🙂

    #7455
    millera9
    Participant

    Two questions:

    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?

    #7456
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Thanks GalleyWench! Damn, that sucks that they’re sold out…hm…that waiting list is tempting…could still come in in time for Christmas…

    Miller:
    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!

    #7457
    Klahanie
    Participant

    Here is a link to the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomography

    I like the 10 rules of lomography.

    #7458
    Klahanie
    Participant
    #7459
    linguine
    Participant

    Is this something that more or less looks like a holga shot is supposed to?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/17803819@N00/302956398/

    #7460
    monkeybort
    Participant

    linguine – that looks good to me!

    #7461
    bobroberts
    Participant

    Here’s an amazing shot (not mine, unfortunately) taken with a Lomo:

    http://www.pbase.com/andyrpthomas/image/54081129

    #7462
    linguine
    Participant

    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.

    #7463
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    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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