What is your name and where are you from? At first I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to meet you all and speak in front of you about one of my biggest passions. Photography! And to come back to your question my name is Simon and I come from Würzburg
How long have you been taking pictures? I think this journey started 3 years ago
When did you get into photography and why? In 2009 I bought a camera, as the most people do, I want to make some great holiday shots.
I thought I can do it, but in the end I wasn’t as good as in my imagination. That’s why I banished the camera in my cabinet. Then my time came and I started again with landscape photography in 2013, that was nice and a great time for me to improve my skills but at the end a human being is the most interesting thing in front of a camera, and 2015 I started to work with some wonderful people.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I always wanted to create expressive black and white portraits, and that’s what I do since the beginning of my journey, but to be honest every creative person changes and so do I. The main reason is I want to put a part of my feelings into the photography and give that to the people.
Also I started with fashion photography, and it’s definitely a new challenge for me.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? Regarding the fashion shoots I plan everything, Make-up, Set-up, Clothes.
When I have a normal shooting then the model comes, we drink smoothies or a coffee, have a chat and then we will start the shooting. In this process I see how we can work together and what kind of pictures the model suits.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
At the end feelings and story, are the most important part of my photography. As I already said I want to show a little bit of my emotions in every picture.
Do you have an influences you can share? Very old-school but I love illustrated books from great photographers.
What inspires you? Everything from music over movies to people.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
At a certain level, in my opinion there are no bad pictures anymore but you are going to be more selective.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
In these days it is my biggest passion, I love to improve myself and work hard on my skills. Maybe someday it could be a career but as you know: Live is like a box of chocolate – you never know what you`re gonna get.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I use of course, the most popular Instagram and Facebook
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I follow many great photographers but I the moment the most inspiring are:
@lukasdvorakstudio, @greglotusfoto, @eriktranberg
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Great opportunity to try something new, at the end the camera doesn’t matter it is the message of the picture
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Fujifilm XT2 35mm 1.4– For me is this the easy compination;
What is your dream location to shoot at? In my opinion you can take great pictures everywhere but Citys like Paris, New York, Portugal or a beautiful lonely beach are locations that I definitely wanna shoot.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? No favourite picture, but at the moment I love to play with hard and soft light, shadow and hard contrasts
In three words how would you describe your photography? Staged, reduced, intensive
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? For me the camera is just a tool, I think it’s great to have a good quality camera on hand or in your pocket to capture some moments.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
I think every camera has it’s special use, of course there are some great expensive ones but you can also find a great camera with a lower price.