Ok lets kick this new design off with the first RAW Interview. Today we are featuring fashion and commercial photographer Felix Rachor from Berlin.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I´m Felix Rachor. A Photographer based in Berlin/Germany. I do a lot of Fashion, Celebs, Commercial,… 29 years old, charming, tall, strong, good-looking, successful, smart, and stuff like that 😀
What inspired you to get into photography?
I think I have always been interested in pictures. The photography came to me when my father gave me an Exa II, which is an old analogue camera.
Photography was always a thing of: “if you’re a big photographer, you can be really proud of you.”
Are you self taught or did you study photography?
YESS… self taught, on the one hand it’s cool, because I don’t work in a manner of somebody else (because I don’t know them), on the other hand I would love to see how LaChapelle, Lindbergh, Leibowitz are shooting.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens could you not live without?
Uch: I have different ones. I love my Phase One & the IQ + the Schneider Kreuznach Lenses (especially the 55mm) but I can work with a lot of older stuff, too. For fast and tiny things I love to shoot with the Canon 5D Mk3
Flash or Natural Light?
Both and in combination! I love to change lights, and I think that everything in my life is changing permanently, too. There was a time when I shot a lot in the Studio, but I love to shoot on locations this time. So for me the setting is important.
Can you describe how you use a flash, reflector, natural light when your shooting your portraits?
You can use it in many different ways. The most important thing in my way of taking pictures (kein Komma) is to work with the distance between model-background model-light and light-background. You can change a lot with just 1 step.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
I love the situations at the shootings. One of my favourite is when I hat 1 Day with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in Berlin. Morgan was really relaxed and inspiring, that’s why I had his photo in front of my desk.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was shot and how you edited it?
Wanda in Paris.
I love this Photo because we had a lot of fun. It is my girlfriend and we were in Paris for a 4 days trip (tiny surprise of mine). I had nothing but my Phase One. All I had to do was to watch the reflections and the light. That easy!
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work?
I grew up with photoshop and it’s also a tool like the camera. But I love to show the reality. So the portraits are often un-retouched. I use Capture One and Photoshop. I have developed some techniques for skin retouching which I teach in my workshops and videos. ( www.fotomafia.org )
What’s your favourite photography accessory other than you camera?
I have a lot of jewellery (tonnes) but the important thing is to work with the subject 😉
Do you crop in camera or during post?
The best way I can in the camera (otherwise I don’t have my megapixels)
How do you go about learning new techniques?
I try a lot! And I learn when I do wrong.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and where?
First: my website www.rachor-photography.com
Facebook and tumblr
Do you ever get photographers block, and if so what do you do to get inspired?
I love books (Tim Walker, David LaChapelle, Ellen von Unwerth, …) and I follow a lot of great Blogs (just brain training)
How much personal work do you shoot?
not that much at the time. But I do my own things when I shoot for my videos 😉
Do you plan on purchasing any new gear? If so what are you eyeing off?
I would love to have a new studio I would love to have everything from profoto (but I have a lot of flashlight)
Perhaps an old medium format camera 6×6
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would have made a difference?
NO: not at all. I was fast and everything went right. I think I´m still on the right way. The most important thing for me is to do whatever you want to do at the moment!
Which photographers inspire you and why?
David LaChapelle (I wouldn’t take photos like he does, but he is just as crazy as I like it)
Annie Leibowitz (she has a great story. And she is telling a lot in the photos. I love that she is in another planet when she mount the ideas…)
Ellen von Unwert (I love her childish manner to shoot, and the sexyness in the photos)
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
Figaro, Fashion designer, Make Up Artist, Cook, there are a lot of great things in this world!
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Go for it: NOW!!!!! and do nothing else 😉
but never forget to do the things you love!