Using a Holga camera is simple because it is a point and shoot camera that requires little photographic experience to use. The primary advantage of these cameras is that they are all very similar. Once you learn how use one of the cameras, you can transfer the knowledge to the other cameras. The most important part of using the Holga camera is knowing how to insert the film correctly. Once the film is inserted, you simply have to point and shoot at your subject.
How to Use a Holga Camera:
Step 1: Open the back of the camera by sliding the knobs on either side of the camera to prop open the back.
Step 2: Open the film that corresponds to your Holga camera. Pull out the lead that will go into the spool and insert the film into the left side compartment of the camera. Secure the film in the roll in chamber by sliding the lock pin.
Step 3: Tuck the tapered end of the lead into the slot on the take-up spool. Wind the spool a small amount to secure the film.
Step 4: Shut the back of the camera by reattaching the back cover and sliding the knobs into their position.
Step 5: Wind the film to set the film advance counter. Generally, you should see a number “1" at the back of the camera. The film is now set for its first exposure.
Step 6: Focus the camera by using the lens marks on the lens barrel. Rotate the barrel to choose one of the four focus mark settings. You can choose your own setting by rotating the barrel to anywhere in between the four settings.
Step 7: Point at your subject with the camera and press the button to take the image. Wind the camera between shots.
Note: The camera is generally used with 120 mm film. You may also have to tape the back of the Holga to hold the film in place and for extra security. Cover the metal clips or knobs to hold the camera in place.