Holga Portrait Photography | Brigitte Dale

The wonderfully funny and beautiful Brigitte Dale contacted us a few months ago to do shoot some professional headshots, so we met up and spent an afternoon shooting in Downtown Los Angeles. We ended the shoot at the Disney Concert Hall where we did some not-headshots as well. (these will all be published on The Bui Brothers Blog soon) Not one to pass up an opportunity to try and shoot something a little different, I popped off a roll of Tri-X with the Holga... out of 11 shots these were the ones I liked.

Brigitte Dale Holga Portrait

Brigitte Dale Holga Portrait

Brigitte Dale Holga Portrait

Brigitte Dale Holga Portrait

I am currently shooting Tri-X in my Holga and having it developed at and scanned at a lab... but I'll likely be transitioning to a home-based system. I used to develop and scan my own black and white film... and might get back into it. I suppose it depends a lot on how much I end up shooting with the Holga and whether or not I decide to pick up any other old film cameras.

One thing I really love about my Holga (well, the one I shot these with... I have another that is completely different) is the fact that it has a unique signature. Some of them really do... and this one's is very strong. There are two main things I've noticed so far... they are imperfections in the manufacturing of the camera that make for a unique experience pretty much every time you pick up a different Holga camera.

If you look in the bottom right corner of the photos above you'll notice that they have a slight double image... that's not a double exposure but some trick of the cheap plastic lens. The other thing, which is VERY noticeable on some photos (the shot with the trees in the background) but not so much on the others is a huge light leak. It's there in every photo... though it only matters in ones where the upper area is already dark.

I think everyone should try out a Holga at some point, it'll give you tons of unexpected fun. There are still lots of labs that will develop the film and scan it for you... so just buy one. Do me a favor, though, and DON'T spend $45 on one at Urban Outfitters... go to Freestyle Camera and get one for $28 or click the photo below to buy from Amazon (it's the same price as Freestyle but I'm gonna get like $1.20, which is cool) and have some FUN.

Buy a Holga on Amazon

Holga Fashion Photography - Carlie Renee

Amy, Ashley Rose, Ashley (not Rose) and Carlie asked me to come down and light a fun fashion photography shoot they wanted to do of Ashley Rose... with wonderful makeup and styling (as always) by Carlie. I brought the Alien Bees down to Ladera Ranch, we climbed a hill... and photographic adventure ensued. I wasn't really there to shoot, just sorta show them how I'd light the various things they wanted to shoot... since they are all wedding photographers they wanted to learn a little about fashion lighting when it's dark. Lighting is just one of those things that isn't the most obvious thing to figure out, and having a little guidance from someone who does photographic lighting often can make a big difference.

I brought my Holga which I had just cleaned out and loaded with film the day before... and decided to take a few shots of Carlie while we were all set up. I didn't bother dialing in exposure or trying to get anything perfect... just had Carlie pose how she wanted and I snapped off 11 shots. These are the 5 I like. No PS, just Lightroom adjustments because the exposure was WAY off. I didn't even remove the dust.

I see more Holga Fashion Photography in my future.

Carlie Holga

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Holga photography is a lot of fun. You get unexpected results, not just from the camera but from yourself. Through the crappy little plastic viewfinder things look a little different, and so you look at things a little different. Also, looking through a square is a different experience as well, your cropping is completely new and fresh. Basically what I'm saying is that you should go and buy one. Just PLEASE don't buy one from Urban Outfitters with their flashy colors and $45 price tag.

Go to Freestyle Camera and get one for $28 or click the photo below to buy from Amazon (it's the same price as Freestyle but I get like $1.20, which is cool) and have some FUN.

Buy a Holga on Amazon