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Benjamin Edelstein Interview - Benjamin Edelstein is a renowned landscape photographer. We chat to him about his work.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Benjamin Edelstein, and I specialise in both landscape photography as well as commercial photography. I decided to turn down law school in order to pursue my passion and career.
How did you get into photography?
Photography started for me as an escape from everyday complexities, and eventually evolved into my life and passion. It started off as a hobby that I eventually realised I had the potential to pursue to the next level.
What drew you to landscape photography?
I love the feeling of isolation associated when shooting landscapes. Something about being away from the daily grind, city light, and deadlines that I really appreciate. Shooting landscape also allows me to travel to some of the most remote areas that few people ever get the chance to see or experience. I am also a sucker for the bright and vivid scenes that I get the opportunity to visit.
What equipment do you use?
I use a mix of different cameras and formats, but one of the setups I use the most on my trips is my Canon 5D Mark II with my assortment of wide angle and tilt shift lenses.
Talk us through how you go about scouting and setting up a shot.
Scouting locations and setting up for a shot is an extremely difficult task considering most of the times I only have at best one day per location. I usually have a very loosely defined itinerary in terms of national parks and locations I plan on visiting. Outside of that I normally mark per location if I think that spot would be better for sunrise, sunset, or somewhere in between. I show up to a location hours before I plan on shooting, and sometimes in complete darkness, in order to try to find a composition that I think will suit the setting. After that it’s a bit of a waiting game, and hoping that mother nature chooses to cooperate.
Do you have any advice for budding landscape photographers wanting to make it big?
Be patient. Do not be afraid to come home with only a couple of great pictures as opposed to hundreds of mediocre ones. Don’t get lazy with your compositions, your technique, or your understanding of filters. Understand your aperture settings, and acknowledge how to create as much depth as your scene desires. Forget about shooting in JPEG, and embrace everything that shooting in RAW has to offer.
What do you think makes your work unique?
I try to stay true to my style, which is large format prints that revolve around bright and vivid scenes. I try to have a sense of depth to my photos that makes the viewer feel as though they are standing there. Although some of my work may seem familiar because of the popular national parks, I am always trying to explore new places and differing compositions that few people have seen.
For more information about Benjamin and his work, visit his website.