I came across Franz on 500px one night. After a quick email he was delighted to be featured on RAW. None of the work shown in this post is of the nude nature but if you want to see some amazing nude work then check out his website. English not being his first language I’ve made some minor adjustments to make it easier for everyone to read. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Styria, the green heart of Austria. I’m living and working in Vienna since 1982. My first experience in serious people photography and nude art was in 1985. After a long pause from 1990 to 2006, I found my way back to my real passion: the photography with the focus on nude art, primary nudes in nature. My purpose is to make the models become one with nature in a very sensitive way.
In 2008 I won the “Gold Medal in the nude category“ from the famous Trierenberger Super Circuit. In 2011 I could win again, a Gold Medal in the category “Austria at it’s Best”. The Trierenberger Super Circuit has established itself as an international graduator of perfect photography.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
I‘m interested in photography since the age of 6 when I inherited an old camera from my grandfather who was also a passionate photographer. It seems that I also inherited his passion for photography.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
Just my camera-bag with my camera and some lenses. I think the 85mm 1.8 is my favourite lens.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
First of all there is my homepage where I show my work. Then, platforms like photo.net, fotocommunity.de and 500px. And last but not least Facebook. To find new models model-kartei.de is the prime platform for me.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
I’ve many favourites which are equal to me. One shot of my first model shooting in the digital age for example. And the picture ‘Princess of winter’, with which I won my second Trierenberger Gold Medal to name some of them.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
My ‘Princess of winter’ is a good example. The model is wearing her own wedding dress. We had to hurry because the haze over the lake was rising fast. The picture was the third trigger from the first set of a 4 hour winter-shooting. There was not much editing, just well processing from the raw file and removing some tracks in the snow.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
I work with Photoshop like most. I think my PS processing is responsible for about 30% of the quality of my photographs.
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
A very lightweight tripod and an angle finder, that’s all.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
I post my best work at photo.net because of its good rating system.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Sometimes there are ups and downs, but I had no really block since I restarted in 2006.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
If you have pictures in your head, start to get them on your chip.
Visit Franz Sauer – website