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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
Jacoby-1 year ago
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.