My Name is Martin Hirsch and I’m from Bayreuth / Germany. How long have you been taking pictures?
I’m taking pictures since 2013. When did you get into photography and why?
I have started in the first holidays with our little daughter. I wanted to create nice family shots J. But the pictures were horrible. So I decide to buy a better camera. The next pictures were horrible also, so i have to see, that the problem is not the camera ;)
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style? I think I’m just searching for it.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? I think over the location, the model, the weather, the light and so on, but the shooting is like ‘Let’s see what happens’
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
In the moment I want to create aesthetic portraits. If they tell a story also, it will be wondefull, but it is not my intention.
Do you have an influences you can share?
What inspires you?
I don’t know. I’m getting inspiration all the time. By walking in the nature, sitting in a coffee shop or reading a magazine.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
A bad picture is one that has missed its purpose.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I’m shooting just for fun. But a career can also make fun. Let’s see what happened.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I’m using Facebook and Instagram. I like Facebook because there is a little bit more ‘social’ interaction. But I have more reactions as ‘Likes’ in Instagram.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I’m following a lot of photographers. But two of my favourites are Peter Coulson and Vincent Peters. Their work is very impressive for me.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I’m using a mobile for snapshots. But for me there are too much limits using a mobile for taking pictures.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? Most time I’m working with a Canon 5D III. My favourite Lenses are my Sigma 50 1.4 Art and my Canon EF 135 2.0.Because I’m having only a tiny studio, I’m working there only with my Sigma oder less focal length (Sigma 35 1.4). But outdoor there is nothing better than my Canon EF 135. I love the sharpness in the center, the smooth look at the edges and the bokeh is beautiful.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
There are a lot of interesting spots for me. But someday i want to shoot with a beautiful model in Iceland.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
My personal favourite picture is from 2013 and shows my daughter on her first bicycle. My favourite ‘photography’ shows not a person. It a picture showing a lighting bulb with a underlying metal perforated metal sheet. It take it at home with my first DSLR (https://www.instagram.com/p/BFa7kn1jok2/?taken-by=hirsch_martin)
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Cautious, sensual and natural
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
I think the problem is the design. You cannot create a smart phone with a lense, catching ‘enough’ light. So you have to ‘fake’ a blury background or you have noise problems in low light situations. Maybe in the future there is a solution for this, but not in the moment. The main problem is that the most pictures never leave the mobile. They will be thrown away with the mobile. But for some kind of photography it will be a good thing.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
Yes and no. In low light situations or other special moments definitely. You will also have more possibilities to get less bad images, but at the end the photographer is taken the picture, not the camera.