I’ve been a Lomographer for over a year before I purchased my Horizon Perfekt. And during that time I had a chance to develop my skills with all the various Lomo cameras but I always kept my eye on the Perfekt. I visited the microsite regularly and noticed that so many of the Lomographers that I looked up to owned their very own Horizon. So on the day my Perfekt arrived, it felt like a right of passage!
As I held the Perfekt for the very first time, I remembered all the great photographers before me who used the Horizont, the Horizon 202, the Horizon Kompakt and the Horizon Perfekt. This hefty machine cares nothing about what’s “in” at the moment, like light weight or most battery life. Instead, it’s focused on all the good ole favorites like great engineering, no batteries, and adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. All these settings can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but I personally keep in mind a tip that Cosmonaut submitted for the Seagull: The Accurate Exposure Rule. Set the shutter speed equal to your film speed and then set the aperture according to how much light is available: f/16 – sunny, f/11 – slightly overcast (shadows distinct with soft edges), f/8 – overcast (shadows not distinct but still visible), f/5.6 – heavily overcast (no shadows visible). You’ll get Perfekt shots every time! Once you get comfortable, you’ll experiment will all the settings and you won’t think about the rules.
I also like loading 200 or 400 speed film because these work great indoors and out so you’re ready to capture anything. You should also try changing the filters it comes with. I normally keep the UV filter on to basically protect the lens but I’ll switch it to the Yellow/Green filter every once and a while for kicks and bright color.
With the Perfekt, you have an endless amount of film and setting combinations to choose from. I think the most important thing is that you just get out there and shoot! Carry on the Horizon Perfekt Legacy!
Check out the Horizon Perfekt microsite here