Street Photography the medium that is harder then it looks to master, is Thomas’ passion. Living in Switzerland Thomas runs a very successful website and I suppose you could call it photo group called 85mm.ch. There is currently a competition running with the subject of “Headlines” with some very interesting submissions. Enjoy this look into the world of street photography and don’t forget both Thomas and myself would love to know your thoughts so comment below.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Thomas Leuthard, I’m 40 years old and live in Switzerland. I’m a passionate street photographer who has a full time job in IT working for the government.
What made you get into photography?
I have no idea. One day there was a advertisement attached to a computer magazine showing different DSLR’s. Since I was bored in a hotel room on a business trip, I was also reading this part of the magazine. I thought, why not trying out one of these. I ordered the cheapest DSLR’s from the advertisement which was a Nikon D90. I also applied for a basic photo course.
How did you get started?
At the basic photography course I just learned how to use a DSLR. I started to make photos from everything. But it really started when I was in Beijing at the Olympics in Summer 2008. There I realised who many interesting things are happening on the street and how many different faces the World has. It took some more time until I started street photography is a main topic.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I only do street photography as a main focus. Sometimes I also do concerts and portraits. But my passion is on the street.
What gear are you using?
For candid portraits on the street I use a Nikon D7000 with a 50mm les. But for 95% of my photos on the street I use a Lumix GF1 with a 20mm pancake lens. This camera really changed my work on the street.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
For me a lens must be prime and fast. I don’t have the time to zoom and I need as much light as possible. On the street it’s not always bright and I need a fast shutter speed to freeze the decisive moment.
How are you marketing yourself?
I upload 1-3 photos on a daily base to Flickr, 500px, Facebook and Google+. I organize photo walks, workshops, participate in Google+ hangouts, I write blogs, stay in contact with friends around the World and I have written two eBooks about street photography.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Make some good photos first and then slowly start to go pro. You cannot go pro and then make some good photos. The first bunch of photo jobs you may have to make for free to get known, to get a name and to be sure you really want to do this. I don’t want to go pro, since as a street photographer it’s not easy to earn money.