Here at HolgaDirect headquarters we are often amazed at the diversity of our community of fans, followers and customers. Taking a quick look at our Google Analytics account for 2012 we can see that we had website visits from 187 different countries! Some of the more surprising countries on the list are Zambia, Turkmenistan, Greenland, and Papua New Guinea. We’d never have guessed to be seeing those names on the list when we started a few years back.
Did you just get your Holga or have you had one for a while and never really understood how to make the most of the awesome effects you can get with the cameras natural light leaks and add on lenses and filters. We’ve rounded up a five great tutorials for the new or new enthusiast.
My summer Modern Alternative Photographic Practices class was the first group ever to photograph the earth from the Stratosphere with a toy Holga camera. To get the shot we were hoping for, we actually sent four Holgas up.
|The earth as photographed from the Stratosphere with with a Holga|
The student led project took a couple of weeks longer then our 15 week semester with the second of two launches taking place a week ago today. The largest challenge we had to overcome was triggering the cameras while they floated 20 miles above the earths’ surface. We tested several mechanisms before student Ryan Ledesma brought forth a concept robust enough to trip the cameras in frigid near space temperatures. His solution came in the form of a power door lock actuator, the final payload carried two Ford actuators in fact. After he made the suggestion and (much later that night) after the wife and kids were asleep, I worked through a short segment of PVC pipe and various cuts of wood to craft a mechanism that held two cable releases. Then hitting the power lock mechanism with 15 volts, both the attached Holgas fired even in our test freezer in the adjunct lounge at school. Continue Reading…
Enter to win a Gizmon Fisheye 2 Lens for your iPhone from HolgaDirect. This Japanese manufactured high quality lens is leagues ahead of the cheaper clones out there in terms of build quality and optics coming from the well known optical center of Kumamoto City, Kyushu in Japan.
The Gizmon Fisheye 2 Lens is constructed from high quality steel and optical glass attaching to your iPhone with a very innovative strong ring magnet. Also can be used with a Nintendo DSi as well as the Digital Harinezumi camera from SuperHeadz. Enter to win yours here or visit HolgaDirect to buy one today if you can’t wait.
At a $70 value, this is an awesome givaway. Enter today!