Satisfying a Photographer’s Curiosity with Ben Horne

Large format photography is often seen as cumbersome, slow, and way to expensive for most budgets. And my conversation with Ben Horne pretty much confirms that. But we also learn what makes it special and why, at least for Ben, it’s the only way to experience photography.

This is Latitude Photography Podcast, Episode 66 for January 26, 2020!

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Main Topic.

Today I have a special guest. Ben Horne. Ben, Welcome to the show:

  1. Describe a bit of you as a photographer. Hour history as a photographer, and how you describe yourself today.
  2. Your YouTube channel. Massively good at telling a good story. Do you write everything before hand or just plan it out in your head and otherwise wing it?
  3. Working with Large Format,  your camera seems to be very compact, it folds down quite flat. Talk about your camera a bit. Tilting, rising, falling, plane of focus etc. Do you ever shoot 4×5? Do you ever scan your films?
  4. Talk a bit about the shooting process and what speaks to you about large format? How many frames do you usually shoot each day?
  5. Attributes needed for the landscape photographer? (Patience, anything else?)
  6. Staying safe out in the wilderness. And your satellite messenger device…
  7. You say “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out” a few times in your videos. What do you mean by that? Surely you have an idea of some sort.
  8. In shooting film, there’s this thing called reciprocity failure. Let’s talk about that a bit.
  9. Where to next?

Tip of the Week.

Brent: Choose a moving subject and capture it in multiple shutter speeds. How does your intent for the photograph change as the subject becomes sharper or more blurry?

Ben: Something very, very, very simple. Things can be overwhelming at times. What I’ve learned to do, hike 30–50 ft, look around, go a little further, and look around again. Stop, look around, take in everything, and you’ll probably notice something that was hidden in plain sight.