Given its simple and friendly nature, the Holga is uniquely suited for all manner of modifications and tinkering. Here’s a few to get you started! If you have some of your own, then shoot them over to us at holga@lomography.com .

  1. The Lenshood by Mandi

    There really couldn’t be an easy Holga Mod! All the hard has been done
    and all you just have to download it!
    The idea of this here Lens Hood is to save your masterpiece shots from
    evil flare spots. It will do it’s very best to protect your Holga from
    extreme-angle light reflecting inside the lens from the front and side.
    As long as you keep the light source out of the frame, you should be
    able to shoot towards the light without getting unwanted sun flare.
    And these are no ordinary, average-Joe lens hoods. Oh no no no! They
    are a collaborative project using Mandi’s Vorsprungdurchtechnik and
    Michael’s cutting-edge graphic design. With 4 funky designs to choose
    from, you will be the envy of all fashionistas and camera-watchers the
    world over.
    Just click on this link to download your very own free, Designer Holga
    lens hood. All you need then is a printer, a pair of scissors and a bit
    of sticky tape.

    Download Lenshood PDF Version 1
    Download Lenshood PDF Version 2
    Download Lenshood PDF Version 3
    Download Lenshood PDF Version 4

  2. Pinholga by Daniel

    For anyone Lomographer who has wanted to build their own pinhole but
    either doesn’t have the time (or is frankly too lazy) to do it from
    scratch, Daniel’s Pinholga is an easy 3 step wonder.
    The Holga’s ‘B’ setting and adaptability makes it the perfect camera for a pinhole modification.

    Gently, unscrew the lens (don’t worry, you can screw it back on later!)

    Tape the pinhole into the Holga.

    All you need now is the Holga cable release adaptor, a cable release and a tripod. You’re done!

  3. The Paper Mask

    Here’s a very simple modification. The idea is to create a mask which
    sits inside your Holga and projects its rough edges onto the film. Take
    some paper or cardboard (approx 8x7cm), fold it down to 6x6x7cm, rip or
    cut out the center, and then tape the whole thing. You can use it
    instead of the regular 6×6 plastic mask – but you’ll need to tape the
    batteries inside. Shoot and enjoy the “I like it raw” edge style!

  4. The Emperor’s New Clothes

    Tired of the black plastic look of your beloved Holga? Looking for a
    change? First, find some material you like and make sure you have
    enough of it. Then, check the measurements of the parts you want to
    cover. Mark your material and cut it out (if necessary). And then stick
    it on your Holga! Feel free to pair your new beauty with a gold chain
    or jewelry for a real sassy look. And for some extra tips:

    – Don’t forget to cut out a flap for the film exposure window
    – If you still own a lens cap, give it a new dress as well. But don’t forget to take it off when shooting!
    – Be careful with the glue
    – Choose extraordinary materials. Try clothes, fur, cotton wool, your
    favorite photo, sand, tin foil, simple cardboard (you can write and
    draw on it).

  5. Signature by Mandi

    This brand-new technique is still being perfected by our expert Holga
    technicians. But the general idea is this: embed a small signature or
    character onto each shot that you take. Of course, this is easily done
    in Photoshop, but we are talking analog here! You should use the
    interior edge of your Holga’s interior frame to mount your signature.
    Try putting your initials in tin foil or gluing tiny letters to it.
    Whatever you place there will appear on in every shot. Bear in mind
    that the orientation will be reversed on the actual print.

  6. Fignature by Mandi

    Like its kissing cousin, the Signature mod – this involves pasting
    small items onto your Holga’s film mask so that they will appear on
    every of your images. For this purpose, we used little tiny figures –
    the kind that are employed in H-O scale model railroad dioramas. Head
    to your local hobby store and check out their assortment, you’ll need
    the smallest figures that they have there. Buy a couple and some
    plastic cement glue. Remove the film mask from your Holga and carefully
    glue your figurines around the square edge. Be sure to do this away
    from the camera – you don’t want no glue on that shutter! Once it’s
    fully dried (give it 24 hours), then pop the frame back in and start

  7. Half-frame Holga by Buzzy Sullivan

    The right tools for the job: Holga, film, film box or thin cardboard, scissors, and electric or gaffers tape.

    – Step 1: Remove the plastic film mask from your Holga camera. Cut up a
    film box or other piece of cardboard to the same length as the film
    mask, and half the height (or less than half if you want unbalanced
    – Step 2: Feel free to leave a jagged edge in your cardboard – it will
    have a cool effect on the photos. Keep in mind that your edge will be
    magnified in the picture – so the more perfect that you try to make it,
    the less perfect it will probably look.
    – Step 3: Use some gaffers or electric tape to fasten the cardboard to either the top or bottom half of your Holga frame.
    – Step 4: Load your film as usual and go shoot. For composition, keep in mind that you are shooting half-frame.
    – Step 5: After your last shot, go into a dark room, a car trunk, or
    use a film-changing bag (about 10 bucks at most pro photo stores). By
    hand, roll the film from the take-up spool onto the original spool.
    This is easiest if you hold the spools together. Don’t forget which way
    is up and which is down on your film roll.
    – Step 6: Once your film is rolled back, then go into a lighted area
    and flip the Holga mask upside down – so that the cardboard if covering
    the opposite side.
    – Step 7: Load the film like normal and shoot the roll again (keeping in mind your half-frame composition).
    – Step 8: Develop as usual, smile, and repeat!!!

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