Holga & Parallax correction
Has anyone written a 'thing' about what to do about parallax problems with the Holga? I mean, sometimes it actually works out like for this one:
I had it totally composed differently but it worked out better - this time.
Anyway, proximity changes your composition through the Holga's 'viewfinder'. I imagine how you have focus adjusted also alters things. I was just wondering if anyone has tips, etc, or resources about how to adjust your view according to the Holga's.
BTW, do check out my Holga stuff. I'm very interested in critiques. My workflow is to shoot, scan with Epson V500, and manipulate in Photoshop. My Photoshoping tends to be mostly contrast & toning, but there's one or two wild things in there.
Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be developing my own film. Just gotta wait for chems and tank & reels.
Welcome to APUG! One of the great things (for me at least) about Holga's is that you can have tons of fun with them, be artistically creative, and not worry about techie things like paralax correction
Having said that though, this site is a trove of information, and someone might have the answer to your question. Good luck with the film processing.
"While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"
All true, but still there are those times when you don't want your image potentially ruined.
Originally Posted by thebanana
I think the whole point of the Holga is to revel in its imprecisions. The last thing I'd worry about is parallax correction. If you are concerned, compose loosely in the finder, and crop when enlarging. Once you start actually wet-printing your own, a whole new world will open to you - I think you'll like it much more than playing on the computer. Welcome to APUG, again!
... best not to use a holga then
Originally Posted by ronobvious
this might sound a bit of a trite answer ... but I'm being serious. I'm not averse to the imperfections of a plastic lens myself, but if I'm wanting paralax exactness and a high level of predictability, I'll use my mf slr. All the holga-tastic characteristics can then be simulated in the darkroom if needs be.
PS - some friendly advice ... probably best not to speak too loudly about your "creative" use of photoshope here. Folk have been hung, drawn and quartered for less Welcome to APug
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its not just the parallax, if you put a piece of tissue on the film plane and look through the viewfinder and then at the tissue you'll see that you're getting a good quarter or half inch more on the tissue than you can see on the viewfinder.
Ah, I don't worry about other's views on things. The image is the point. BTW, only the first sentence of your reply appeared on the screen. Maybe there's something about viewing full forum posts I don't have turned on.
Originally Posted by Leon
I think my point about parallax is valid (and not just parallax; there is also a issue of viewfinder coverage). One buys a Holga for the crappy, plastic lens and the awesome images it produces. What I don't appreciate about using the camera is randomness. I'd rather not shoot something then find out later that it didn't come out exactly as I would like for it to have been. There is lag-time and cost when using film. Just trying to maximize my dollars and number of usable frames. I can buy a Holga lens for my Canons and will do so later, so that would seem to settle the parallax problem and put the problem to bed, but then you're missing the medium format film element, squareness, etc, so the argument isn't finished.
I prefer film over digital. Don't know why, maybe it's because of my Photography courses in college and the scents of the darkroom. FYI, here is my arsenal:
Canon 5D (24-70L, 100 macro, 70-200L f/4, 100-400L)
Bronica SQ-Ai (50mm, 80mm, 150mm lenses)
I don't have the room, plumbing and equipment to do a wet darkroom and I'm not a 100% traditionalist, although I've already mentioned an affinity for film.
I guess I'll work it out myself with a few rolls of film, which is what I was trying to avoid.
Hay Kelly, welcome to the APUG group. You will find a lot of folks with answers to any question you can come up with, and some you cant. I dont think you should worry too much about parallax with a Holga, or focus either for that matter. If you can get good images from your Holga you are doing pretty good I think. Holgas were NOT designed for quality images, although some pretty good images have of course been made with them. Have fun with it and learn what you can. I hope this helps you.
This could be an idea to get used to the coverage - use a piece of ground glass (or frosted perspex, tissue paper, translucent tape etc) where the film is meant to go and compare it with the view through the view finder. Once you're used to it at different distances you can correct for it.
Originally Posted by realitysandwich