Author: Michelle Bates

Michelle Bates

Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. Since then, she has used these plastic cameras for everything from fine-art to editorial to commercial photography. Her work has won several awards and has been published on numerous web magazines, included in toy cameras exhibitions worldwide, and printed in many magazines.

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Roll it on Tight: Methods of rolling film from one reel to another with plastic cameras

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The Holga doesn’t always do a great job of what should be a simple task — rolling the film from one reel to another. As frames are shot, film is wound from its original spool onto the empty take-up spool, located on the right side of the camera. Often though, there isn’t enough tension to…

Keep gaffer’s tape handy in your bag by wrapping it around a 120 film reel. 	Make your own 120 film canisters by cutting the bottom off a 35 mm canister and taping it onto a second one with opaque tape, or buy specially made canisters from Freestyle, included in our Resources section.

Avoiding fat rolls in Holgas

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The  Holga doesn’t always do a great job of what should be a simple task — rolling the film from one reel to another. As frames are shot, film is wound from its original spool onto the empty take-up spool, located on the right side of the camera. Often though, there isn’t enough tension to keep the film and…

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