The plastic lens on the Holga 120 is pretty well known for not nailing focus close-up.
The little symbols on the lens indicates the manufacturer’s suggested focus distance and what you can shoot for each setting. The portrait symbol indicates that you can shoot at roughly 3 feet (1 meter) from your subject.
Twist the lens tighter and closer to the camera body and you’ll want to shoot further and further away from your subject.
If only you could twist that lens right off to get closer than 3 feet. If only…
You know what I did, don’t you?
Yep, I twisted that lens right off!
It took some strength, but it popped right off. I just kept twisting the lens away/off-of the camera until it came off.
And to get close-ups, just ever so gently place the lens on top of your Holga, hold it there, get as close as you want, and snap away!
Is the camera broken now?
The lens literally twists on like a bottle cap. So once you’re done with your close-ups, just twist the lens back on to the desired focal length and shoot as you normally would.
Pretty cool, huh?
2. Shoot Without a Lens
So, what happens if you just remove the lens altogether?
I didn’t set out to actually try this, but since I broke the lens off, might as well go for it, right?
The results are eerie and almost dream-like. Definitely something I’ll be setting out to do more often!
Self-portraits can be scary and intimidating but also so freeing and rewarding!
As a documentary and travel photographer, I’m always photographing everything around me. Both the new and exciting and the everyday routine. The idea of self-portraits was very new to me, and, naturally, I wanted to see how I could do this with my Holga 120.
It doesn’t have a timer or shutter release cable port, so what to do?