Lo-Fi 3D Photos With New Holga Camera
The Holga camera refuses to die. These low spec plastic cameras were once shunned by photo fans due to their low quality construction and inevitable light leaks. Those very flaws kept interest in the Holga alive to the present day, yielding interesting arty results in the hands of experimental photographers and hipsters alike.
There are many contemporary takes on the Holga camera, a creative response to the clinical precision of even the simplest digital camera. The new TIM camera may be the most playful of them all, and best of all shoots in 3D!
You can choose between several shutter options by manipulating the controls on TIM's grinning face. You can use the double lenses to shoot two frames for a 3D effect. You can also shoot half frame 3D (both images on a single print), long exposure, multi-color flash fx, and more. TIM is a pretty versatile camera, especially for $60, but seriously… it's all about that little plastic smile on the front, isn't it?
I've always been fond of 3D photography and motion pictures. The rest of the world seems to be joining me in a renewed interest in 3D thanks to action movies and LCD televisions. It seems like we're in a boom time for imagery that reaches out to viewers in a new way (though that begs the question why View-Master isn't going like gangbusters these days). You have to have some imagination and faith in what you might get with the TIM camera since there's no LCD preview - but isn't that part of the fun?
Nice thing about this camera is that it uses good old 35mm negative film, which you can still find pretty easily (though at my local big box store the 35mm film selection has shrunken from an entire aisle to a little spinning countertop display). I haven't shot "real" film in a good long time, but the promise of shooting quirky and unpredictable 3D is hard for me to resist.