Matt Payne Photography Blog: Interview With Ben Canales On F-Stop Collaborate And Listen

July 31, 2018

Welcome to Episode 067 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Ben Canales!

Ben Canales is a fantastic photographer and videographer living in Portland, Oregon and is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of modern digital night photography. Ben is a partner of a video company called Uncage the Soul Productions where he creates incredible time-lapse and video productions for companies all over the world. You can see the full library of amazing productions over on Vimeo.

I believe this is one of the best podcast episodes we've recorded to-date!

We covered some great topics this week, including:

1. Ben's journey into night photography.

2. How night photography has evolved.

3. Shooting night video.

4. Framing and composition differences between photography, time-lapse, and video.

5. Location tagging on social media.

6. Abusing locations for our benefit.

7. Creativity, conformity, and the interesting new Instagram page "@Insta_Repeat"

Over on Patreon this week, Ben and I had a fabulous conversation - he answered several listener questions from our Facebook group, explained how he keeps inspired to do night photography, and handled a delicate and complex question regarding responsibility. 

Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon! There's a ton of bonus content over there for subscribers! Your support is critical - it helps with production costs and to improve the podcast over time. Thanks!

To learn more about Ben, check out his online presence:




Here are some artists that Ben recommended for the podcast:

1. Zeb Andrews.

2. Rachel Jones Ross.

3. Tracy Lee.

4. Kayla Sulak.

Some examples of Ben's photography can be seen below. 

I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook Group! We've also started an Instagram page and a Facebook page for the podcast, where we'll be sharing updates as we go!