About a month ago I bought this beautiful toy camera called a “Holga.” These little cameras are very popular among flickr members because they make mundane photos look very interesting. Don’t believe me? Check these photos out. I thought that being a “toy camera” it would be easy to operate, but boy was I wrong. I should have took my friend, Jonas‘, advice and get the first roll developed as soon as possible to make sure I was doing everything correctly. I had three rolls developed and about three photos were salvageable. It’s no one’s fault but my own because I don’t like to read manuals. The recurring problem were photos overlapping one another. Sometimes it worked like for the first photo but most of the time it didn’t.
After getting a second opinion it was clear that I had the wrong mask in for the settings I had the camera on. I already had another roll of film in the camera but was only 3 photos into it so I decided to take it out. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t photograph again so I’m going to start with a new roll of film and see what happens.
I was surprised at how inexpensive it was to get three rolls of specialty film developed at Murphy’s Camera; only $22. Then again that was only for the negatives and three discs of photos. I’m glad I opted not to get the photos printed. I really would have been upset.
The moral of the story is: live and learn…and read the manual!