On A Budget

Photography on a Budget

When you think cameras and photography, you don’t generally leap to the conclusion “Hey I can afford that!” Instead the thing that most people associate with photography is steep prices for items that seemingly can be replaced by their Iphone.

Why shouldn’t your  Iphone replace those clunky, expensive cameras with something you have anyway. That was certainly the thinking of the Chicago Sun-Times, where they fired all their photographers and gave their reporters Iphones or Windows 8 smartphones.

This is a terrible loss! Forget the horribly expensive DSRLR cameras and their equally expensive lenses, the loss of cheap, fun, adventure oriented cameras is a shame. Adventure cameras like the Holga.

Here is the standard black plastic Holga camera

Here is the standard black plastic Holga camera

The Holga, an excellent, cheap, old school type camera is a perfect camera for someone looking to capture memories on a budget. The Holga, which starts at merely $29.99 on Amazon is the perfect introductory camera to someone interested in photography and is operating on a shoe string budget.

Created in 1981, the Holga was meant to be a simple film camera that could go anywhere and was available for any level photographer to use. The look and technology of the Holga hasn’t changed much since its creation. Imagine holding a piece of history in your hand and that’s what it’s like to hold a Holga.

Here is a Holga with the Color Scheme of Yellow, Blue and Pink. Holga’s are available in a wide range of color schemes to fit your stylistic needs. Colors include gold, white, came and a variety of mixed colors.

Here is a Holga with the Color Scheme of Yellow, Blue and Pink. Holga’s are available in a wide range of color schemes to fit your stylistic needs. Colors include gold, white, came and a variety of mixed colors.

The part that people usually cringe at when it comes to film photography is the cost of the film, the price of development and finally the printing. The Holga is unique in that it can take the standard thirty-five millimeter (35mm) film or the old school one hundred twenty millimeter film (120), so additional costs don’t break your bank .

Think smart about how you purchase these two types of film. Generally Amazon is your best bet because on Amazon you can get a roll of 35mm or 120 for $5 each. So far you’re at a total of about $35.

Now comes the tough part, the developing and print stage. But, here is the part most people don’t understand, you don’t have to print the film right away. You can leave film laying around for months or if you want to preserve it for longer you can put the film in the fridge, that’ll keep it preserved for an extended amount of time.

Holga also does Stereo-Cameras. A stereo camera, as you can see in the picture, has two lenses that take a picture at the exact same time of the same object, in order to create a 3D effect when the pictures are printed.

Holga also does Stereo-Cameras. A stereo camera, as you can see in the picture, has two lenses that take a picture at the exact same time of the same object, in order to create a 3D effect when the pictures are printed.

But to get the standard 120 roll of film developed you’re looking at about fourteen to fifteen dollars. Some people might say that they could have the pictures right then and there with a digital or phone camera. But then all that happens is look at it, slap a filter on it, upload it to Instagram and forget about it. With film it’d be a little different. Try taking the camera to a little get together with friends, take their picture, then laugh when they all rush toward you trying to look at the back of the camera and say they want to see it.

After the look of disappointment on their face after not being able to see how they looked in the picture you can go on taking pictures of whatever you want. Then after you’ve dropped the film off to get developed and waited a week to get the pictures back, you can all up your friends to look at the pics from the hiking trip, beach day, party or whatever other activity you took pictures at.

   Keep film alive and do it in a way that doesn’t hurt you wallet.

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  1. These are beautiful photos to accompany an article about photography and film. Look, three people reblogged it so far!! That’s great!

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