Monday, October 31, 2016

Im Gespräch mit Marta Bevacqua

11:04:00 PM

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Ein Beitrag von: Marta Bevacqua

Marta Bevacqua ist gebürtige Italienerin und lebt zur Zeit in Paris. Sie erschafft Bilder jenseits des klassischen Portraits, erzählt mit ihnen Geschichten und erweckt Emotionen. Ich durfte mit ihr über ihre Bilder und Inspirationen schreiben und darüber was ein gutes Bild ausmacht. Das Interview wurde mit ihr per E-Mail geführt.

Eine Frau liegt im Moos mit Lichtern

Marta, ich freue mich, mehr über Dich und Deine Fotografie zu erfahren. Du fotografierst hauptsächlich emotionale Portraits mit einem verträumten, fast surrealen Look. Woher kommt dieser Stil?

Der emotionale, verträumte Stil war eigentlich schon immer da. Ich war von klein auf ein großer Fantasyfan, egal ob Bücher, Filme oder ähnliches. Ich liebe fantastische Welten und Kreaturen. Manchmal kreiere ich „nur“ Bilder von Menschen in natürlicher Umgebung, aber ich versuche, immer etwas zu erreichen, was darüber hinausgeht.

Portrait mit Mehl

Schöpfst Du daraus auch Deine Inspiration?

Ja, genau, Fantasy ist ein wichtiger Teil meiner Inspiration, aber auch aus der Welt um mich herum ziehe ich viel. Zum Beispiel laufe ich einfach durch die Stadt und kann jeden Moment etwas Interessantes entdecken. Das kann einfach nur eine schöne Lichtstimmung, ein schöner Ort, die Bewegung von Blättern, die vom Baum fallen oder ähnliches sein. Inspiration ist überall.

Frau mit Bär als Schatten

Kam die Inspiration für Deine letzte Serie „The animal box“, in der sich Schatten von Tieren mit Portraits vermischen, ebenfalls von etwas, das Dich umgibt? Und wie sah Dein Arbeitsprozess von der Idee bis zur fertigen Serie aus?

Für „The animal box“ habe ich etwas anders gearbeitet. Das war ein Kundenauftrag für das Magazin Mia Le Journal. Das Thema war vorgegeben: Tierwelt. Hier habe ich mich einfach vom Thema inspirieren lassen. Manchmal ist es so simpel.

Meist arbeite ich zu Beginn mit einem Moodboard. Das kann auch nur in meinem Kopf entstehen und muss nicht zwangsläufig zu Papier gebracht werden. Dann wähle ich ein passendes Modell, den Ort und das Team für die Zusammenarbeit aus. Bei Portraits ist dieser Prozess etwas einfacher, hier arbeite ich meist nur mit dem Modell allein und wähle das Set und die Requisiten selbst.

Frau mit Schwan als Schatten

Wie sieht denn dann ein typischer Tag in Deinem Leben als Fotografin aus?

Was ich am meisten an meinem Job liebe, ist, dass jeder Tag sich vom anderen unterscheidet. Manchmal bearbeite ich einfach nur Bilder bei mir zuhause oder anderswo, manchmal begebe ich mich auf die Suche nach neuen Orten oder versuche, Genehmigungen zu bekommen. Ich treffe neue Kooperationspartner oder fotografiere natürlich. Manchmal dauert so eine Fotosession einen Tag, manchmal auch mehrere Tage lang.

Hast Du auch noch Zeit für freie Arbeiten? Und hast Du hier vielleicht eine Lieblingsarbeit?

Für freie Arbeiten habe ich noch Zeit oder besser gesagt: Ich nehme mir die Zeit, um an meinen eigenen Projekten zu arbeiten. Mich für ein Lieblingsprojekt zu entscheiden, ist schwer, es sind einfach sehr viele, die mich begeistern.

Zwei Frauen tauchen mit Kleidern

Das kann ich gut verstehen. Vielleicht kannst Du uns verraten, was Du generell an Bildern magst und was für Dich ein gutes Bild ausmacht?

Für mich ist es wichtig, dass ein Bild gut komponiert ist. Aber das Wichtigste ist die Emotion hinter einem Bild, die Atmosphäre, die es versprüht. Wenn die Betrachter*innen etwas länger mit ihrem Blick auf der Fotografie verweilen, dann ist es ein gutes Bild.

Hast Du einen Tipp für Fotograf*innen, die gerade erst angefangen haben, wie man das erreicht oder um sich zu verbessern?

Die Straße ist endlos. Niemals aufgeben und einfach weitermachen.

Frau Unterwasser

Eine letzte Frage, die mich immer brennend interessiert: Was ist Dein innerer Antrieb? Warum fotografierst Du?

Zunächst war es ein Spiel für mich, dann wurde es zu meinem Beruf. Warum ich fotografiere? Ich habe dieses dringende Bedürfnis, etwas zu erschaffen. Das ist wie eine Droge, ich kann einfach nicht aufhören. Und dabei geht es mir nicht um die Bilder an sich, sondern es geht darum, etwas zu erschaffen.

Vielen lieben Dank, Marta, für das Interview!

Das Interview wurde auf Englisch geführt und von Simone Betz für Euch aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzt.


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REVIEW: Everyday Messenger Bag for Photographers… And Everyone Else!

9:49:00 AM

Peak Design is familiar to any pro photographer and their latest Kickstarter project for their Everyday Bags that gathered over $6,000,000 of funding has made them famous far beyond the photography world.

While their new backpack, tote, and sling from the Everyday series are conquering the world, I’ve got a chance to put my hands on Peak Design’s Every Messenger that has already become classics to many.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag Review

Below is my review of this stylish camera bag and messenger which includes a brief unboxing video.

Whether you’re a photographer looking for a functional bag to put your gear into, or you’re a smart gift giver preferring to shop for gifts before they are out of stock during the holiday season, this review will come in handy.

Thanks to Peak Design for providing a bag for this review.

Unboxing and overall impression

The bag was delivered in a branded envelope with my favorite unstitch-to-open end. Seriously, I can’t help loving that kr-r-r-r-r-r sound of a thread being pulled, or watching the loops coming through the holes one by one (I told you I’m an unboxing junkie, right?).

Here’s the video of unboxing the Everyday Messenger 15”, as well as packing it with some photo gear and, you know, everyday belongings.

As you can see from the vid, the bag is not your average photo equipment bag, nor is it an average office messenger.

The bag was designed to fit the needs of both photographers throughout their day and everyday commuters who might take their DSLR along from time to time.

Capabilities

My bag review process usually starts with checking the product’s features listed by the manufacturer one by one. I heard of a few innovative elements the team at Peak Design implemented in their Everyday Messenger, so I couldn’t wait to put my hands on it.

Everyday Messenger Bag for Photographers

Here’s what the Everyday Messenger includes inside and out:

  • Weatherproof waxed shell and interior zippers
  • 1 main spacious compartment to hold a DSLR, up to 3 lenses, and multiple photo accessories
  • 1 dedicated rear pocket for a 15” laptop
  • 1 velcro tablet sleeve located in the rear pocket
  • 3 fully versatile padded dividers
  • 1 quick access front panel pocket with multiple compartments for smaller items
  • 2 side pockets with a hidden key tether in one of them
  • Fold-over flap with a latch-based closure system for quick, no-look, one-hand access
  • 1 top zipper for quick access to the bag’s interior
  • 1 Adjustable internally padded strap enabling both classic messenger and shoulder-bag wearing manner
  • 1 stabilizing strap to wear cross-body or around the waist (converts to luggage trolley strap)
  • 1 top-grab handle

Quite a list, huh? And here are the bag’s key specs:

  • Exterior dimensions: 12 x 17 x 7 in / 30 x 43 x 18 cm
  • Volume: 823 – 1251 cu in (13.5 – 20.5 L)
  • Nude weight: 2.5 lb (1.1 kg)

Some of the features were easy to spot, such as the latch flap or top zipper. I had a few “Aha!” moments, though, discovering certain elements. But more on it later.

I really like the versatility of the bag’s dimensions. It looks quite slim at first sight, but should you need to carry some bulky things, it will cope with the volume graciously, so that you won’t believe it can hold so much stuff.

Materials

The Messenger is made of the ultralight waxed Kodra synthetic canvas with DWR undercoat for weatherproof capabilities. The interior features poly-spun mixed twill and high-density EVA foam dividers. The same compression-molded foam is used for the interior protective panels. The bag’s hardware is manufactured from premium stamped aluminum with applied sandblasted finish and clear coat for extra protection.

Everyday Messenger Bag Materials

For this review, I’ve received the Everyday Messenger in Charcoal and I must admit there couldn’t be better option for you if you have little kids in the house, and if you’re living in a 4-season climate with sleety falls and snowy winters.

Design

The design of the Everyday Messenger very well reflects the idea of the universal multi-purpose bag that the founders of Peak Design once decided to put into life. How is this achieved? Well, the bag has a classic shape, neutral color options, sophisticated functionality, and even provides several wearing styles.

The 15” Messenger I’ve put my hands on for this review is a bit too large for my body type, but there’s also the 13” version for smaller figures.

Special hooks

As you might know, the Everyday Messenger was created by the San Francisco-based Peak Design in collaboration with Trey Ratcliff, the well-known photographer and traveler.

No wonder the bag has a number of special elements that any photographer would appreciate. Besides, the Messenger is equipped with a few quite nifty functions making it pleasure to use, regardless of whether you’re into photography or not.

Latch flap

The closure system of the Everyday Messenger consists of 4 ladder lock bars riveted to a stainless steel plate. It takes a moment to pull up on the latch to make it securely locked onto the closest lock bar. Same works for opening the flap. The best part is that you can open and close the latch flap with one hand and without the need to look at it. Plus, the mechanism produces almost no sound so you can check your gear quietly without disturbing anyone around.

Everyday Messenger Bag Latch Flap

Origami-inspired inserts

Unlike regular-rectangular dividers provided in most photo camera bags, the FLEX-FOLD™ inserts you can find in the Everyday Messenger are pre-folded in all directions so you can bend it in any possible way you like. It’s possible to customize the dividers specifically to your gear or current bag contents, which is definitely a win.

Everyday Messenger Bag Flexible Dividers

Stabilizer straps

These are ingenious. Seriously. My husband who helped me test the “everyday capabilities” is not a big fan of messenger bags because of the uneven weight distribution they usually cause.

With the stabilizer straps it feels so much different, though. You might use one strap to fix the bag cross-body (to ride a bike, for instance), or you can fix the straps around your waist while in the classic messenger mode so that you could feel comfortable even with a loaded bag.

A minor downside to using the stabilizers is that it takes a couple of extra minutes to hide the straps back into the hidden side compartments after you use them. This is probably a cavil since using the stabilizing straps is so much worth it.

Everyday Messenger Bag Stabilizer Straps

Image Credit: Peak Design

Trolley strap

The abovementioned stabilizers easily turn into trolley straps to securely place your Messenger on your luggage. A small yet super handy feature we’re happy to see, especially after our latest trip when we made like hundred of attempts to fix that damn backpack on the suitcase.

By the way, the Everyday Messenger is approved for carry-on by all major airlines.

Tripod carrying

To be honest, when I saw a silicone band in one of the pockets, I thought this is a hand accessory (girls will be girls). The aha! moment was when I saw the “tripod band” legend on it. There’s a secret tripod sleeve on the back of the front flap, which together with the tripod band makes a built-in tripod carrying mechanism.

Everyday Messenger Tripod Carrying System

Image Credit: Peak Design

Just as promised by the manufacturer, the Everyday Messenger is tailored to carry a tripod of nearly every type with ease. Don’t have one? Hint: see the first sentence of this paragraph. You’re welcome! :)

In real life

I used the Everyday Messenger once for our family photo walk in a local park. As I mentioned above, the bag is a bit too cumbersome for me. However, this was by no means a disappointing factor for me. Quite the contrary, the bag’s versatility and extreme capacity made me want to get a 13” model rather than reject the product at all.

My husband Dmitry (the handsome guy in the unboxing video) loved the Messenger’s overall style so he happily agreed to help me test it for the review. Hence, this article reflects our combined impression.

Dmitry is into photography too (check out his photos, he’s cool!) but he’s only carried the bag for work so far and for the most part he’s quite happy with it.

The latch closure mechanism felt quite secure even with a more heavy-load setup.

Top zipped pocket also proved its value in everyday use – it’s way easier to just unzip and take out what you need rather than take the bag off and open it in a regular way. This is especially cool for some quick-access things like your water bottle or camera during a shoot. If you remember its position in the bag, just unzip and take it with one hand without even distracting from whatever you’re doing at the moment (I hope you won’t do this when driving, though).

Everyday Messenger Review: Top Zipper

One more element I want to applaud Peak Design for is the color-coded mesh pockets inside the zipped front panel compartment. Now you can quickly separate full memory cards and low batteries from fresh ones.

“What about the cons?”, you may ask. Well, frankly speaking, the minus list is quite short in the our case.

In particular, I noticed that the strap starts sliding when the bag is loaded to its max capacity. It’s quite easy to readjust it with a special handle (can be done with one hand without taking off the bag), but this can get a bit annoying if you plan to load it to the fullest often.

Dmitry’s observation is that the side pockets lose much of their function without some kind of closure. The small things he tried to put there, including his keys attached to the key tether, were constantly falling out when the bag was placed horizontally or just slip off the seat in the car.

Another thing I thought is worth noting is that the bag is designed to be carried on the right side. I’m partially a left-hander (hope to take this to the ambidextrous level someday!) and it’s equally comfortable to me to carry bags on both my right and left shoulders.

So when I tried to hang the bag across the chest on my left side, I noticed that there’s no way to use the stabilizer strap. Nothing catastrophic, since you could still distribute weight putting straps around your waist. Still, take this into account if you’re a left-handed person.

Everyday Messenger Review

The Verdict

Peak Design did an excellent job with the Everyday Messenger. The bag is super stylish, super functional, and super versatile. To recap our impression, here are our favorites:

  • Durable, weatherproof materials
  • Innovative, multi-functional design
  • Lots of space for photo gear and smaller accessories
  • Lots of small yet life-saving functions
  • Weight distribution with stabilizer straps
  • Elegant, universal style
  • Carry-on approved

What we thought could be improved:

  • The bag may become a bit messy inside when used for everyday commuting. An extra inner compartment could help.
  • The strap is not adjusted for wearing on the left side.
  • The strap starts sliding when you carry a lot of things in the bag.

In general, the Everyday Messenger is very close to being the perfect everyday bag for photographers, office workers, city wanderers and, quoting the manufacturer, “everyone in between”. It features an exceptional design, both from the technical and aesthetic points of view.

I think it’s fair to say this bag can be your No.1 candidate for the perfect gift this holiday season, so be sure to check out more reviews and order the Everyday Messenger on the Peak Design website or pick up your Everyday Messenger at B&H.

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Go DARK to create fantastic moody photos

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In photography, we’re often told that the ideal exposure is one that creates a bell-shaped histogram, smack dab in the middle of the tonal range, with a good balance of darks, mids, and brights. Even when post-processing, the general rule of thumb seems to be to keep the histogram right between the uprights; boost the shadows and pull down the highlights to create a balanced histogram, add some contrast and saturation, and voila! While this approach has led to millions of beautiful photos, what happens if it doesn’t suit the mood you’re going for?

Let me suggest an easy approach to add mood to your photos…

In post-processing, decrease the image’s exposure, then use the highlights slider, whites slider, tone curve, and/or dodging feature to increase the brightness of the photo’s highlights. The dark exposure creates the mood whereas the bright highlights maintain good global contrast which prevents your photo from looking muddy or flat. The bright highlights also call attention to the luminous parts of your photo, giving them extra draw and visual importance.

Take the following photo, for example. I shot it at Milford Sound in New Zealand. The first version is well-exposed with a bell-shaped histogram and, in post-processing, I preserved that histogram. In the second version of the image, I deliberately darkened it, then pulled the highlights back up. See how the second version has a more interesting mood? The quality of the light is more obvious as is the contrast between the light and dark parts of the photo.

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Note that I said “in post-processing, decrease the image’s exposure”. This means that, in the field, you should still follow all the normal guidelines to get a good exposure. If you underexpose in the field, you risk having a low-quality, high-noise, clipped-shadows photo to deal with in post-processing. If you get a good exposure in the field, you’ll have the best image data to work with when editing.

And in regards to that editing, I find a combination of steps works the best. I often drop the exposure (and yank the shadows up if I’m starting to clip), then pull the highlights back up. If I need a little extra ‘oomph’, I slide the whites slider up or I pull up the highlights on the tone curve. Typical adjustments might look something like the following histograms. Note how they’re biased toward the darks with a long tail stretching off toward the highlights.

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The following are the results of a moody image with eye-catching highlights.

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It’s important to note that this technique doesn’t work for every photo. I’ve found it most effective with images that have a luminous quality or in situations where contrasting the lights and darks serve to highlight a single element.

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In each of these examples, the first photo has a traditionally “good” histogram, with a balance of darks, mids, and brights. Each of the second images have been “mood-ified” and have a histogram biased toward the dark side. Notice that in these second images, there is more interest and ‘punch’ and the method serves to highlight specific parts of the photo.

So… give this technique a whirl. Even though it’s not appropriate for every photo, when it does work it adds a beautiful mood and feel to your images.

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Thanks for reading and feel free to share your own images to in the comments below.

About Author Joshua Cripps

Joshua Cripps started making remarkable photos while he was still in the womb. His first significant image, titled Sonogram, was praised for its graininess, deliberate blurring of details, and gritty black and white mood. Earning two thumbs up from his parents, this photo only hinted at things to come. Since then Josh has won countless awards and accolades, including more than one “Certificate of Participation,” dozens of “Good Sportsmanship” plaques, and the coveted “Busy Bookworm” award. His mantel long ago collapsed under the weight of gold-painted, plastic trophies.

Currently Josh spends over 700 days every year in the field seeking out the finest landscapes on earth. He has a mighty beard and sings in a rich baritone. Hiking at least 45 miles to capture every photo, Josh ensures that every image he crafts represents the very heart of the wilderness. While you were reading this Joshua Cripps did 93 push-ups, won more awards, and became internationally re-renowned.

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4 Extreme Sacrifices You Will Make For The Perfect Shot

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You Want That Shot? It’s Gonna Cost You.

I’ll let you in on a secret.

That is this: Photographers generally don’t give up for good reason. Why? They’re resilient and they’re passionate and some might say downright stubborn.

Well, you’ve got to be determined if you want that shot and you’re not returning to that stunning location anytime soon this side of 2016!

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It’s quite well known that in life, the most rewarding things never come easy.

You’ll have to work hard, take risks and make sacrifices in order to achieve your goals. However, in photography, this applies with much higher magnitude.

Here’s Why…

Nowadays, we take loads of photos – no, like loads!

To put that into perspective, some statistics show it was estimated that in 2015 the total number of photos taken will be something around one trillion. That is 12 zeros right there.

AMAZING FACT!

If each photo is printed (as a 4×6 inch) and stitched end to end, the length would be sufficient for 2 round trips to the sun.
How about that?

You, as a photographer, will need to generate photographs that need to stand out from that enormous pool of photographs. And that, my friends, is not an easy task to do.

Photographers Don’t Give Up…(Providing They Want To Stand Out From This Huge Crowd)

Here Are 4 Sacrifices and a ton of inspiration coming your way, so grab a seat…

1. The Elements

To be honest, you’ll get dirty, wet, suffer from exhausting heat (plus more) – all that is quite normal. For example, if you want to take some shots during the rain, you can’t expect to remain dry.

You’ll have to go out there in the rain, wind and everything else, and shoot. Over and over again. 

This is taking the saying “rinse and repeat” to a very literal level!

Photo by Jesse Wagstaff

If you live in a country like mine, where the summers are hot and dry, and temperatures rise up to 115 degrees easily, with UV factors skyrocketing, you can’t expect not to get a little sun burned.

Things like that are common when shooting out under the sun, especially if you are high up in the mountains, or near water. Brace yourself, apply plenty of UV protection, and head out into the world.

Want some shots in the forest? Yes.
Especially that mysterious mood after rain in the morning, when there is mist all over the place? Yes.

Well, be prepared for mud, and lots of it. It WILL be slippery, you’ll probably fall down a few times, and it will hurt a tad more than a regular fall since you’ll be focused on keeping the camera intact rather than your own body. 

Take care in these scenarios, especially if you’re alone!

You’d be better off dropping that insured $2,000 beloved camera body than risking your life! Yes, it’ll be emotionally painful but just try and use some practical common sense here. Seriously.

I do know some people who’d rather break their neck than have their camera slip off a rock into the unknown…I don’t recommend this mindset for one second! We say photographers don’t give up, but sometimes you sadly have to accept these things…

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2. The Physical Sacrifices A Photographer Makes

Besides the fact that you’ll be out there in almost every weather condition possible, even in the extreme cases, the toll of physical exertion is quite large too.

You’ll be carrying your gear all the time, so back pain is something that you’ll grow used to, and you’ll have to (temporarily) live with it. Your hands will often start failing after shooting for extended periods of time too.

But, despite everything, you’ll find yourself not calling it a day just yet!

Not to mention all the sleepless nights you’ll go through for the sake of that single perfect shot, and all those extremely early mornings hunting down the perfect sunrise.

It’s hard in the beginning – but then you somehow grow into it, and a great deal of this becomes “normal”? 

3. The Damage To Your Wallet Being A Photographer Has

If you are passionate about photography like most photographers out there, including me, your photography gear will cost more than your car.

Yes, your friends or family will assume you’re probably nuts! Driving around in that rust bucket, while carrying thousands of dollars worth of gear up some muddy trail at the crack of dawn….

From the photographer’s point of view, the car is just a transportation tool, if it takes you from point A to point B. Is there any other function is should perform, other than to keep you (and your gear) protected from the elements?

It’s crazy to think all those

  • lenses,
  • flashes,
  • lights,
  • light stands,
  • tripods,
  • tripod heads,
  • scrims,
  • modifiers,
  • diffusers,
  • filters,
  • bags, and of course,
  • cameras and computers, quickly add up to values higher than whatever you paid for your car, or perhaps even twice as big!

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Top Thought!

Photography equipment is really necessary, especially when it enables you to do your job fully, more easily and express yourself creatively. When your wallet starts to gain some weight, you’ll begin to invest in gear that will enable you to do your work faster, but that is always  optional.

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4. The Ultimate Investment In Photography…Time

They say “Time is Money”. But is it? 

I say to photographers, put in the time and the money will eventually follow, especially if you’re following your real passion. But spending more time behind the camera does not equally correlate to more earnings – sadly, there ain’t a graph showing that! It would be nice, though.

You probably see photographers walking around with the camera all day long, as if it was their smartphone. It’s because we’re hardcore!

No, but seriously, that’s basically part of the job description for many photographers.

The hours you put into your photography will begin to stack up quite fast and you’ll come to realize that you are basically doing photography 24/7. Don’t worry, that is normal.

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Make no mistake, if you don’t have your camera with you it doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing photography – so do not feel guilty!

When you start photographing on a daily basis your visual perception starts to function quite similarly to the camera: you are framing shots in your mind even though you aren’t photographing.

You’ll be evaluating light all the time, memorizing possible locations (even writing down) for future shoots and so forth.

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Summary

Photography is rarely just a job description. For most photographers, photography is a way of life – everything is molded around it and there is nothing wrong with that. Well, except when it goes to extremes.

Photography takes its toll, but at the end of the day, every single bit of it is worth it.


Photographers Don’t Give Up (Easily) – Top Takeaways!

  • Be prepared for all weather conditions, because you’re gonna be in them.
  • Allow extra time, because you’re ALWAYS going to need it.
  • Have your gear insured! Sometimes, accidents happen.
  • If you workout, great, if you don’t make sure you’re physically stretched a little before heading out for a long day or night shoot.

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31. Oktober 2016

5:04:00 AM

Das Bild des Tages von: Manuel Lohschmidt

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nachwuchsfotograf*innen gesucht – und gefunden!

11:04:00 PM

Hinterkopf eines jungen mit Tablett im Wald und Kinder die etwas auf einer Hand fotografieren.

Gleich zwei Mal hatte ich vor Kurzem die Ehre, mit den Fotograf*innen von morgen zusammen zu arbeiten. Als Nebenbei-Kinderkunstkursdozentin habe ich die Möglichkeit, mir selbst Kursinhalte zu überlegen und Kurse anzubieten – welch ein Privileg, das möchte genutzt werden! Also startete ich vor Kurzem den Kurs „Nachwuchsfotograf*innen gesucht!“ an meinem Arbeitsplatz PINX als Ferienangebot.

Zettel mit Skizze von Ball und Haus.Ahornblatt mit Wassertropfen auf A4 Papier in weiß.

Der Kurs war offen für Kinder zwischen 6 und 17 Jahren, wobei ich da ziemlich flexibel bin, der jüngste Teilnehmer war somit 4,5 Jahre jung. Da meine Kursangebote mit Einwegkameras leider nicht den Zuspruch fanden, den ich mir erhofft hatte, war ich dieses Mal auf einfache Digitalkameras umgestiegen.

Angefangen haben wir mit ein paar simplen Beispielen, die ich gezeigt habe oder in den Raum warf – aber nicht als Fotografien, da ich keine Nachahmung initiieren wollte, sondern als kleine Fragespiele: „Rollt die Kugel rauf oder runter? – An was erinnert Ihr Euch für ein Foto und bis zu welchem Detail könnt Ihr es beschreiben?“ Übrigens Fragen, die man sich selbst teilweise auch mal wieder stellen darf so als „Großer“: Wie genau man seine eigene Bilder tatsächlich kennt oder beschreiben kann.

Gelbes Gläschen neben gelben Teller auf Gelber Unterlage.Schatten auf Waldboden von 2 Frauen.
Eine Kinderhand mit Farbflecken vor Waldboden.Verschwommene Darstellung eines geknüllten Papiere

Viele der Kinder durften zum ersten Mal wirklich ganz allein eine Kamera halten und benutzen, ohne dass andauernd jemand aufpasst oder beobachtet. Bei unseren Kameras wäre ein Fall aus kleiner Höhe zum Glück auch nicht dramatisch gewesen.

Einige der Kinder erzählten jedoch, dass Mama oder Papa das mit dem Smartphone nicht gestatten würden – ein Plädoyer für günstige Kameras, denn umso früher man das Auge schult, desto besser lernt man das Sehen. Dabei kommt es nicht auf das „perfekte Bild“ an, sondern wie ich finde, geht es in erster Linie darum, Spaß an der Sache zu entwickeln.

Ansammlung blauer Gegenstände, Plastikband, Pinsel, Stuhlunterseite und Farbtuben.

Und genau das haben wir in diesen Kursen gemacht: Sehen, beobachten, Perspektiven wechseln, sich auch mal auf den Boden legen oder die Kamera wild schütteln, während man fotografiert, um dann direkt auf dem Display das Resultat anschauen zu können und so Handlung und Ergebnis in eine Verbindung miteinander zu setzen.

Meine Aufgabe war es, mich größtenteils zurückzunehmen und nicht direkt Verbesserungsvorschläge zu machen oder gar einzugreifen und etwas mit „richtig“ oder „falsch“ zu beurteilen. Eine auch nicht so einfache Übung. Es zeigte sich jedoch schnell, dass wenn ein Kind ein Bild gemacht hatte, das es sich nicht so recht erklären konnte, es mich fragte, wie die Kamera das gemacht hat.

Also durften die Kinder selbst die fotografische Erfahrung machen und ihnen war es freigestellt, ob sie es verstehen wollten – vielleicht muss man ja auch zuallererst einmal nur genießen. Genießen, dass man nun die Macht hat, die Zeit anzuhalten. Als wir zum Beispiel Wasser umgeschüttet und den Wasserstrahl dabei fotografiert haben, wurde dies besonders deutlich.

Schmetterling aus Papier in bunt fliegend mit 2 Neonröhren.

Es gab drei Stationen (namens „Stillleben“, „Portrait“, „Die Grundfarben“) drinnen und einen gemeinsamen Waldspaziergang. Wobei natürlich eigentlich die ganze Zeit in alle Richtungen fotografiert wurde, die Freiheit habe ich natürlich auch niemandem genommen. Bei der Stilleben-Station wurden eigene Zusammenstellungen von Gegenständen aus der Kunstschule im Bild erprobt.

Bei den Portraits (die wir hier aus Rücksichtnahme auf die Kinder nicht zeigen) haben sich die Kinder gegenseitig fotografiert. So konnte direkt gespürt werden, wie sich das so vor einer Kamera anfühlt und wie dahinter. Es war gar nicht so einfach, denn es kannten sich ja auch gar nicht alle Kinder untereinander, zeigte also auch die Herausforderungen, vor der etwa die Schulfotograf*innen stehen.

Die dritte Station „Die Grundfarben“ war ein Experimentierfeld, das sich mit den Grundfarben Rot, Gelb und Blau beschäftigte. Übrigens gab es auch ganz viele Selfies! Auch dieses Phänomen ist schon bei den Jüngsten präsent.

Waldboden aus der FroschperspektiveVerwackelte Ansicht eines Baumstammes mit viel grün drumherum.
Rote Farbfläche mit BokehAbstrakte Ansicht von kleinen Perlen und Blumen in Spiegelecke.

Mit dem Waldspaziergang haben wir dann sogar noch eine zweite Lichtstimmung abgedeckt und somit also Kunstlicht und Tageslicht kennengelernt. Im Großen und Ganzen kann man sagen, dass wir einiges herausgefunden und kennengelernt haben: Den Unterschied von Bildern mit Blitz und ohne Blitz, was mit Dingen passiert, wenn man mit der Kamera ganz nah herangeht (Verzerrungen und Unschärfen), dass man sich ja auch in seinem Schatten fotografieren kann, wie viel man entdeckt, wenn man einen Schmetterlingsflügel mal genau anschaut, dass Licht sich im Wasser spiegelt, ein Hundehaufen auch ein Stillleben sein kann … und vieles mehr. Natürlich können nicht alle Bilder hier gezeigt werden, jedoch eine Auswahl.

Nahaufnahme in Farbe von einem grünen Zweig.Nahaufnahme in Farbe von einem grünen Zweig.
Verschwommene Abbildung des Buchstaben MAufnahme von einem roten Farbfleck.

Für mich waren beide Kurse jedenfalls eine große Bereicherung, da man doch schnell seine Wahrnehmung so trainiert, dass sie Bekanntes und Gemochtes präferiert und viele andere Dinge einfach in der Wahrnehmung hinten herunterfallen und verschwinden. Wer also mal die Gelegenheit hat, mit Kindern bewusst fotografieren zu gehen und über das Sehen zu sprechen, sollte es auf jeden Fall als Chance begreifen!


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