“FILM VS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY” with Alex Harper


(dramatic music) – I’ve been using my
grandpa’s old film camera from the ’80s. It’s like a high. You don’t know what you’re
taking until it’s all developed. So you just hope for the best
and I think there’s something really exciting about that. One, two, three. (dramatic music) (upbeat hip hop music) Hi, I’m Alex Harper. I’m a multidisciplinary
artist, particularly editorial photography, collages recently, but photographer overall. I started when I was about
14 developing my own film, really learning how to
shoot film primarily, then started shooting digital. Simple, I’ve been using my
grandpa’s old film camera from the ’80s with a 50 millimeter lens and a 75 to 200, and that
thing has been awesome. It’s an old Nikkormat, and I love it. The colors, the way it sounds. One, two, three. For a digital camera, I have a Canon 6D, my left arm if my film
camera’s my right arm. I love that camera so much. And then today actually,
I brought a medium format camera that I have yet to
use, so today’s sort of the tester, but I’m
really excited about that. I love that I live in a
world where I get to do both, but the thing that I love
about film is it just slows me down so much. I feel like with digital,
you just snap snap snap snap, or at least,
that’s what I was doing. And with the film, it really
has taught me like hey, slow down. Focus on each image you’re taking. Make each of the 36 exposures count, and make sure your settings are correct. Make sure your subject is ready. Make sure everything is
in place before you shoot the picture, and that ability to refocus
and re-hone in on my craft has made me find a whole
nother love for photography that I was missing before. And digital’s incredible. That immediacy, there’s
something about that too. But I think, especially
people that I’ve been growing up with, we’ve
primarily only shot digital, so getting to rediscover or
discover for the first time that love of film, it’s like a high because you don’t know what you’re taking until it’s all developed, so
you just hope for the best, and I think there’s something
really exciting about that. (mellow hip hop music) I really see a resurgence, honestly. I think everyone is starting
to feel the same way I’m feeling about digital and film. I think the look of it is so incredible, it can’t be duplicated
on digital I don’t think. (intense hip hop music) Oh, I wish I had my own dark room. But there’s this incredible
place down Ventura and Sherman Oaks called 35M. Shout out to 35M. They’re the bomb, and they
develop everything for me in like an hour, two hours. And I’ll come in with like
five or six rolls at a time, so they, like seriously shout out to them. If you live in the Los Angeles area, this is not paid. This is not sponsored, but
seriously, they’re the best, and I will always go to them. To develop it’s $5, and
then for the scan the CD it’s $10 for a roll. ♪ All rounds of people ♪ – When I first started shooting film, I just would go to CVS or
RiteAid and buy a four pack of 24 exposure Fuji film, and honestly, I love that. I love the look of those, the green of it, I love that so much. I recently started getting,
of course, into Portra 400 because that’s, you can’t beat that. But anything, like give it
to me, I’ll shoot on it. I’m not snobby that way. Film developed, and its
black or super green, or super underexposed. And that sucks ’cause
you’re so excited about those images. But again, like I’ve been
saying that the way that it slows you down and makes you
focus on what you’re doing starts to solve those problems for you. Thanks for having me, guys. (hip hop music)

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