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Podcast Episode 5: Film versus Digital Imaging, with Harvey Wang

Have you ever shot film?  Do you still shoot film? Does it make a difference in your work? Is your work defined by it? This episode of the B&H Photography Podcast addresses an issue that is still at the heart of photography—does the medium you choose affect the way you work and, ultimately, the images you produce?  With the recent release of his book, From Darkroom to Daylight, we will talk with photographer Harvey Wang and with writer and photographer Todd Vorenkamp about the differences between shooting film and shooting digital images. From the perspectives of those who grew up shooting film and those who did not, we’ll discuss working process, technological developments, quality of images and yes—nostalgia. Wang will also recount from his book conversations on this subject with legendary photographers such as Eugene Richards, Elliott Erwitt, Sally Mann, and George Tice.

Guests: Harvey Wang and Todd Vorenkamp

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  Alfred Gescheidt, 2011 Sally Mann, 2012 Steven Sasson, 2009

Photos by Harvey Wang 

Photos by Todd Vorenkamp


Host: Allan Weitz
Producer: John Harris
Engineer: Jason Tables
Executive Producers: Bryan Formhals, Mark Zuppe

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Great podcast.I happen to shoot both film and digital. I still shoot with my Canon A-1 that I bought new in 1980; I added a used F-1N in July 2013 and a 5D Mk III in December 2013, so I am late coming into the digital age. I turned off the image review on my 5D since I don't use that feature.

I enjoy shooting both film and digital. I'll continue to shoot film as long as it doesn't become prohibitively expensive in film and developing costs.

Thanks for the comment Ralph. 

Just released a coffee table book "SLOW DOWN look again..." all captured with a 1956 Hasselblad loaded with 120mm Ilford b&w film! Shoot digital also but feel there is a need and a place for both...

absolutely!  Thanks for the comment Louis.