What is Flocking?

Flocking is a simple way to reduce the internal reflections in your Holga. The inside of your Holga is incredibly shiny plastic. This shine increases the risk of light leaks and lowers your overall contrast. In order to rectify this, you can spray the inside of your Holga with flat (or matte) black paint.

Is there any need to flock?

With older Holga 120S models, they were built so poorly that you had to flock the interior and tape up your camera in order to get a usable image. These days, Holgas are built much better so I wouldn't suggest flocking as it will reduce the potential for light leaks. However, if you are converting a Holga to a pinhole camera, then flocking is worth considering as it should improve the contrast of your images.

What do I need?

  • Krylon Ultra Flat spray paint - (or any similar matte black model spray)
  • Masking tape
  • Old newspaper
  • Well ventilated area, or spray booth
  • Some spare bits of foam
  • Glue

How do I do it?

Luckily, this is one of the easiest modifications you can do to your Holga.

  • Take the back off and apply masking tape round the edges of your Holga
  • Now tape over the square hole just behind the shutter, and over the red window on the back of the Holga
  • Lay out some old newspaper and place your Holga on top
  • Remove the foam in the film chambers
  • Spray light coats of paint evenly over the Holga and back. It's better to do 2 or 3 light coats rather than 1 heavy coat. Let the paint dry for an hour or so between each coat
  • Leave to dry, then inspect it to see if it needs another coat
  • If finished, glue new foam in place using hot glue gun

If you use the 6x6 mask then this modification is even easier. All you need to do is tape up the edges of your mask and spray. Don't forget to spray the back panel of the Holga (tape over the red window first).