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I Visited Hong Kong & Did A DigitalRev Cheap Camera Challenge


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After flying in to Hong Kong from Washington DC just hours before for my speaking tour, I had the great honor and pleasure to be a part of Digital Rev’s Cheap Camera Challenge. A broken Holga + jet lag + beer + a goof like myself = What could go wrong?

2 days before hitting up Hong Kong, I emailed the DigitalRev team just about meeting up. To my surprise, they responded that they would love to have me do one of their cheap camera challenges! A series in which other pros like Vincent LaForet, Chase Jarvis, and David Hobby were given crappy/broken/toy cameras and filmed as they tried to take artistic photos. I was shocked to be looped in with such talented creatives, but was happy to accept the challenge…

As some of you may know, DigitalRev.com is a popular Hong Kong based photo gear retail site. They are also very well known for their youtube channel which hosts their numerous camera reviews, photography tips, and the Cheap Camera Challenge which has become a hit on the web. As I mentioned above, I was incredibly honored to be included in this series and despite only having a 2 hour window in my schedule to meet with the Digital Rev team, we had a blast.

I hadn’t touched a film camera, aside from my Polaroid 600, in probably over 10 years. I even forgot how to load 120mm film! For shame! It was fun to get out of my comfort zone and have some fun. Although, not knowing what half of the buttons on the camera did and lacking a working viewfinder did make for some interesting challenges. I noticed I kept trying to look through the phantom viewfinder. Call it muscle memory. I was also reminded about the days back when you had to wait until film developed to see your shots. It’s more frustrating than I remembered…

Want to see more images from the Holga? CLICK HERE

One thought on “I Visited Hong Kong & Did A DigitalRev Cheap Camera Challenge”

  1. Nice images Douglas! It was fun to watch the video and see you just have fun. There’s nothing more exciting and humbling than being challenged like that. But you did a great job, great humor. I also like it when you used your Phase One just to use as a reference to see what the image would look like! Nice move!

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