Today, a lot of incredible technology is manufactured in China, including many popular cameras. Coincidentally, China was also the birthplace of what some people claim to be the worst camera ever made.
It was called the Holga camera and it was made famous in the 1980s, not for its incredible picture quality, but rather for the vignetting, blur, light leaks and awkward distortions it produced.
The problems that plagued the camera turned a lot of photographers off from buying the camera. But the same issues attracted artists who were looking to create something cool.
Today, Holga photography has a huge following. Holga cameras are still in high demand for those looking to create a truly unique photo.
Choosing the perfect picture for Holga photography
The key to creating authentic looking Holga photography is to choose the type of photograph that Holga artists typically select. Landscape shots, still life, portrait and particularly street photography are all good choices.
Creating your Holga camera effect
Before you can play around with the Holga effect, you need to get your chosen photo onto the BeFunky website. To do that, make sure you're in the Create section of the website. Then, move your mouse over to the Upload button that's on the tab in the upper-right. You'll see a number of choices. You can upload from your PC, choose a previous upload, or even grab an image from your favorite social network like Facebook or MySpace.
Once you've selected your photo, the image will show up in the center of the screen. Now's a good time to crop and rotate the image if need be.
When you're done that, it's playtime. The Holga art effect comes with five presets, two of which are reserved for BeFunky Plus members. To access the effects, click the Holga Art dropdown menu. You'll find it under the Photo Effects pane on the left. Select your preset and voila.
Once you've selected a preset, you can play around with the horizontal and vertical offsets by using the effect settings panel. The settings panel should have popped out right after you click on any effect preset. If you cannot see the settings, just click on the wrench icon next to the effect name. Moving the slider left or right on both presets can dramatically change your Holga photograph.
That's all there is to it. You've created your very own Holga photograph without having to lug around a Holga camera.