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There are a lot of add-on's, and special cameras on the market for adding extra colour to film and digital photography.

The two main options are to buy a camera which has a spinner built inside, and you can change what colour you want the flash to be, or you can get ahold of a little 'pad' of gels, which you hold infront of the flash.

This got me thinking, I already have loads of filters sat around, why buy more? So I came up with the idea of mounting a filter ring over my flash. Read on to see how I did it.

Here is a little info on Lomography, and the camera I used  -

The Holga is a camera made by Lomo, and is well known for being the cheapest and easiest way to get into Lomography.

To help define Lomography I have borrowed this paragraph from Batness' Instructable on 'How to paint a plastic camera.' (I think he may have borrowed it from wikipedia)

There are many people interested in using medium-format plastic cameras to take photos these days. Translation; film cameras are back in! Using this retro type of camera, you can take "vintage" ye-olde looking photographs.

This new trend was likely started by Lomography . Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics include over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and photographers are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photos, and use these techniques to document everyday life. (<--oh noes Wikipedia!) 

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Materials Needed - 
  • A Lomo Holga (between £16 and £40 dependant on specifics of the model)
  • White Direct to metal spray paint
  • An old floppy drive
  • Two Part Epoxy Resin (aroldyte)
  • Some leather scraps
  • Two 46mm step up rings (step up to your most used filter size)
  • Some scraps of clear plastic
  • Masking tape
Tools Needed -
  • Scalpel, X-acto, Stanley knife, Boxcutter
  • Coping saw.
  • Small files
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • Medium cross head screwdriver
Susitna1 month ago
As an Alaskan growing up in villages too small to have stores, I learned early how do do things without "proper"supplies such as reusing Kodak film cartridges for bulk film as a photography student.
Now that I'm learning digital photography, I am finding your hacks inspirational. A digital SLR is still beyond my abilities to pay. This makes your flash adaptions especially useful, since in most cases, on camera flash, is NOT the best place for flash. Mary Alice
Jacoby-1 year ago
Awesome
Nano_Burger2 years ago
Now that is a camera any imperial storm trooper would be proud to carry! Looks like the angle will give a permanent 45 degree bounce flash. Do you see any vignetting of the flash?

I don't have many colored filters, but I was wondering what if any are the advantages of a polarized flash??
Awesome, really clean job as always. A while ago while cutting gels for our stage lights I cut a few pieces for my flash to test, they gave great colour casts, the only issue being that the pure colour ones were almost too coloured.

Been meaning to build a baby beauty dish for some of the events I do, tempted to incorporate a filter attachment in to the centre part for colour casts after seeing this.