What is your name and where are you from? Ingo Dumreicher and I am from from Augsburg (near Munich), Germany
How long have you been taking pictures? I have been taking pictures for 20 years.
When did you get into photography and why? I started taking photos in 1997, Of course with film! After a break of approximately six years, I came back to photography in 2005 and bought my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 350D). After taking nature photographs (mostly dragonflies —> www.libellen-welt.de), In 2007 I decided to quit my job as a bank clerk and run my own business as a photographer. I became my own boss and just earnt money taking photos.
Why I got into photography? Two reasons, I LOVE communicating with people and I LOVE editing pictures on my MAC. I could not find another industry where I can combine these two things and enjoy it as much as photography.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? My style is (currently) quite natural. The more experience I gained, I was less reliant on post processing and my ‘out of cam-results’ improved. For me it became more and more important to manage the light, in order to compliment the person. My eyes developed to see light and how it affects my models. Therefore, post processing became less necessary. I think I wanted my work to be more authentic, more natural and even more efficient.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? I never plan a shoot. Of course, I know what to do with my models (shooting backlight, going out for a walk in the old city of Augsburg or shooting in my studio, for e.g.). The reason is, I don’t have much time and for me it’s more fun to shoot and edit, instead of planning for a long time.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story? My goal is to achieve happiness. For me, for my models, for the observer (in this order). If I can light up the day for anybody, when looking at my pictures, I am satisfied. Also, an important point, most of the people I am taking photos of aren’t very self-confident, which makes me sad. Often after a shoot I can hear people saying, "Oh, I look great in the photos. I feel better, nicer, more beautiful!” When I help people be more self-confident, I have done a good job.
Do you have any influences you can share? The very best influence is my wife. But sorry, I won’t share her! My wife is exactly the type of woman I want to show in my photographs. She’s strong, self-confident, level headed and very self-confident (without ego). I think EVERY woman should be like her.
What inspires you? My wife - as described above. Of course, I look at hundreds of photographs a day. But do I have one source of inspiration? I guess not. There are photographers I love to follow, but I try to do my own thing.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? Poorly managed light or over doing it in post processing
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I earn money to feed my family.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Instagram (mostly), Facebook and sometimes 500px.com
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Honestly, I don’t have special photographers I follow on social media. I really love the works of Stefan Beutler. His photography is VERY emotional und I really admire his personality. He’s a really good guy, very down to earth, while being very popular. I love photographers who create good work AND that are humble.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? I don’t care about that. A person once said, “The best camera is the one you have with you”. The photographers eye, mind, feelings takes the picture, not the camera.
What are your main go to cameras, lenses and how did you make that choice? I started 1997 with a Canon and never changed my mind, although other brands seem to have caught up and surpassed Canon. I am using the 5D Mark IV right now. Lenses? I LOVE Sigma ART, specially the 35/1.4 and the 50/1.4. Most portraits I am taking with my cheap, but spicy Canon 85/1.8.
What is your dream location to shoot at? On a rooftop in New York. :-)
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? I really don’t have ONE favourite picture. Even a few days after taking a picture I am really only satisfied with it. (I NEVER love my pictures) I can’t find it any more special later on. I see myself as an average photographer, on the way to getting better. So, my favourite picture will be far in the future. Hopefully!
In three words, how would you describe your photography? natural, authentic and positive
How do you feel about better higher quality cameras being put into smart phones? I think the evolution of smart phones with better cameras is very welcome. I know some pretty good photographers taking AWESOME shots with their phones (Wojtek Pruchnicki e.g.) and I think, I have to try this too in the future. Right now, I am thinking about buying an iPhone 7 plus for taking pictures with. By the way, when I take pictures of my daughters, I rarely use my professional cameras. Most pictures I take with my iPhone!
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? I do use expensive cameras to run my business. Some clients would look surprised when took pictures with a smart phone. Sometimes you NEED expensive cameras to deliver the best possible quality to clients (in low light situations e.g.). But there is normally NO difference between a Canon EOS 800D to a Canon 5D Mark IV when shooting in studio or well-lit situations. My conclusion is You DON’T need an expensive camera to take good pictures. As previously mentioned you need a working eye, a good heart and mostly a good relationship with the person you are taking photos of. This means MUCH more than technical details.