Peter’s work is amazing. I was searching 500px’s for a photo of the week candidate, and came across his work. I emailed him straight away and he was happy to be interviewed on RAW. His work has a lot of post production to it (something that i’m trying in a few weeks) which creates more then just a photo.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am 44 years old, born, raised and living in southern Germany. I am very passionate in everything I do and I have actually 4 pillars, my life is based on.
First of all my family. I love to be a dad. 2nd my job. I am an independent trader in the grainbusiness for a living. As compensation I do sports. I am referent and trainer for
TaeBo. Thanks a lot to my trainer Billy Blanks giving me the opportunity working with people, which is a gift. And then the creative part in my life, which is photography and photoshop.
If one of these things is missing, I am unbalanced. The proportional distribution changes from time to time.
What made you get into photography?
My mother used to be a architectural photographer. I was always excited about photography. When I married 5 years ago and we had our first child, I got a Canon 400 D to log our life by camara.
The manual of the camera was not enough and so I got in touch with several photo-communities, read blogs and followed several photographers in the net. Soon I started with photoshop and found out, where i wanna go.
How did you get started?
After getting inspired in the www, I called some photographers whose pictures and style I liked and took workshops with them. Those photographers also happen to be good photoshoppers.
Than I recognized that a certain look, fx or style , that I like, is only to achieve with light. In my case flashlight. My next station was the flash manufacturer RICHTER in southern Germany.
Quickly, I got tired to evacuate the living room everytime… so today I have my own studio. An old horsebarn, where I can bring my ideas or inspirations to life. I still shoot my family though J
All that followed by photoshop workshops, nights and nights watching video tutorials, reading the net up and down, trying things in photoshop and checking different photoskills and lighting technics.
To me, as photography is a hobby, the journey is its own reward and I like to discover new things to expand my horizon.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I love dynamic sportshoots and combine them with colorfull scenes. I love fantasythemed shoots and combine them with 3D scenes to a composing. I love shooting portraits and from time2time I love shooting kids and pregnant bellys.
I am not too much in a certain genre. As the saying goes: Everything has been photographed before, but not by me. I get inspired by certain things and try to come up with my own idea. Eventhough I know a lot about the technical foundation of photography, on my ambitious level , to achieve a satisfactory quality in my pictures, nearly all of the pictures I publish go through a process in photoshop. The creativity is where the fun starts. But I would always prefer to set a hair or rimlight in the studio than drawing that in photoshop.
What gear are you using?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70 mm L 2,8on 5D MarkII
Canon 70-200 mm L 2,8
Canon 85 mm 1,8.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Right now I am shooting more and more with fixed focal length. The pictures have more details and are much crisper. Despite the fact you have to walk back and forth On my wishlist are 100 mm or even 200 mm fixed focal lengh and a fisheye
How are you marketing yourself?
I am not too hard in marketing due to the fact, that this is my hobby and passion. I started in the German fotocommunity. I have my own website and I am @ 500px.com since a couple of weeks, which I like a lot. Oh and of course on Facebook
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Fanatsywise one of my favorites is the picture “Der Graf”. This was my first composing in which everything was just in place and I am really proud of.
Sportswise I love the shoots of “Jannie in da house”. I like the attitude. One of them was already “Photo of the week” here on the blog a few days ago. Thanks a lot for choosing my picture, I appreciate that.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
When you go pro it always comes to the same things – no matter what job. Always love what you do. Today in times of the internet and electronical equipments, you can always get answers to every question. But if you ask the wrong questions you’ ll probably get the wrong answers.
So know what you want. Step out and be excellent. When people offer criticism – think about it and be open. And last try, try, try and try again… Make your own experiences, that’s the way to improve oneselve further.
Thank you very much for the opportunity, to be guest on the blog
Have a great day everybody.