What's your name and where are you from? My name is Markus Kühnle and I'm a photographer from Ulm, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? About 3 years.
When did you get into photography and why?
I started photography at the age of 19 with a little point and shoot camera. I was already interested in graphic design and creative work. I wanted to try something new. At the beginning, I was only interested in travel- and landscape photography, but I could not travel much because of work. But at some point, I asked myself if I would enjoy photographing people as much as landscapes. Surprisingly I did. Now there is nothing more exciting to me than meeting new people and creating images with them.
I think I used to think relatively little about the pictures and the results were kind of boring. Now, I think a lot about concepts, to make outstanding pictures which convey a certain mood.
Howdo youapproacha shoot? Do youpre-plan orisita clickand run?
Most of the time I pre-plan my shoots with a concept and a rough idea of what I want to do.
Before shooting I make sure I have certain essentials with me, like a portable speaker. We often listen to music as we try to achieve a good mood in the photographs. To me the most important thing for an incredible shoot is trust, sympathy and understanding. We talk a lot about our lives, aspirations, goals, as well as fears and experiences.
istherean end goalyou’retryingtoachieve with your images? beitanaestheticorstory?
When I look at a photograph, I want to feel the mood and emotion of the composition. That's what I want to achieve with my photographs. People should feel the story and what's going on. I want to inspire people and show how much fun you can have just by spending time with others even if they were strangers in first place.
Do youhavean influencesyoucanshare?
Music and movies have a big impact on my pictures, as they constantly bring me new ideas for pictures.
There are some outstanding photographers who inspire me, like Sebastian Hilgetag, Samuel Elkins and Peter McKinnon. Often, I also let myself be inspired by music.
Istheresuch a thingasa badphotograph?
In my opinion, photography involves subjective perception. Images that are aesthetically beautiful to me, may not be liked by another person. I think in each picture there is something you can improve, but it's rarely a bad photograph per se.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
To me photography is a journey, there is a lot of uncertainty about what is yet to come.
Whichsocial mediaplatformsdo youuseand why? At the moment, I mainly use Instagram because it's a perfect way for photographers and models to present their portfolio, to get in contact with others and to give insights. I also use Facebook for my German followers.
Whichphotographersdo youmainlyfollow on social media? Sebastian Hilgetag, Andrew Kearns, Peter McKinnon and Marat Safin.
Whatareyourthoughtson mobile photographyversus DSLR/ mirrorless?
I always use the best camera that's in my bag, whether is only my phone or my mirrorless. However, in my opinion a mobile phone can't replace a DSLR/mirrorless.
What areyourmaingotocameras, lensesand howdidyoumakethatchoice? My main go to camera is the Sony a7 II with the Sigma Art series.
There are some reasonable arguments for Sony cameras compared to Canon/Nikon.
Whatisyourdreamlocationtoshootat? Definitely Big Sur! It's so beautiful.
My favourite picture is a photograph of a good girlfriend who travelled with me to Berchtesgaden, Germany. She stands at the shore of the Königssee (Kings Lake). Her hair is blowing in the wind as she stands in front of this beautiful landscape.
When I took the picture, I paid special attention to the clouds, since the picture was created at noon.
In threewordshowwouldyoudescribeyourphotography? Vivid, authentic and natural
What do you think abouthigherqualitycamerasbeingputintosmart phones? Higher quality cameras are always nice to have, for this reason I wouldn't use my mobile phone too much, for photography.
Whatareyourthoughtson expensive cameras? Do youthinktheycreatebetterimages?
From a technical perspective, more expensive cameras usually take higher-quality images, but there is also the aspect of the photographer's aesthetics and abilities. However, the equipment must always fit requirements.