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Film Photography and the Darkroom

Updated on February 23, 2011

Film Photography

taken with Nikon FM2 with 50mm f/1.4 lens
taken with Nikon FM2 with 50mm f/1.4 lens

Who is Harry Santos?

Harry Santos is an aspiring multimedia artist in the Philippines who can't get enough of film photography. Many people nowadays would no longer even bother with film but Harry is not one of those. He is absolutely in love with the grain and the organic feel of film. Digital photography may seem clearer in some ways but at the same time it feels synthetic or as if it is not natural. This is the difference with film photography.

And not just with quality. The whole experience of film photography is so different from digital photography. He believes that that digital photography takes something very intimate from the photographer--being in the darkroom and giving birth to your photographs!

Taken with Nikon FM2 with f/1.4 lens
Taken with Nikon FM2 with f/1.4 lens

What does he do?

Harry Santos is a freelance artist in the Philippines that is in to writing, photography, video editing, music production, film-making and animation. His portfolio is full of his work that ranges from being entertaining to somewhat rather unusual.

He works with softwares such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, and many others. Most of his knowledge about these softwares are self-taught. He is known to be a critic of contemporary methods of schooling and believes that we can learn more for as long as we our interest is allowed to flourish and we are given free opportunities to choose. 

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Why does he love film photography?

Aside from the aesthetic reasons, film photography gives photographers a chance to really maximize the use of their lenses, most especially prime lenses. This is because 35mm film is something that is considered to be "full frame" as compared to those in most point-and-shoots and even DSLRs nowadays that are equipped with cropped sensors.

Shooting with film also has that surprise factor where you can't just delete and do it over. There really is a sense of fulfillment in using film. And that feeling when you get to see your negatives developed is irreplaceable. You really feel as if you captured a moment.  

Harry Santos is a freelance photographer in the Philippines. Feel free to checkout his works at his on-line creative portfolio or leave a message here to connect with him. Thanks for dropping by.


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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Interesting infos! Thanks for sharing.Nice Hub!


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