A mobile-photography lookback on 2013
iPhone photography or „iphoneography“, thats how we hipster call it is pure practice. I just noticed that a few minutes ago. I downloaded all my instagram-photos from 2013 to create this blog-entry because I remember me grabbing my phone many, many times this year and shooting scenes that I wanted to capture without taking my big DSLR out of my pocket. And I was shocked. I was really shocked when I downloaded and sorted out the photos that I didn’t want to upload. I ended up with 148 shots. All taken with the iPhone, all uploaded to Instagram. So you can say, I uploaded a photo every second day which is way more than I expected.
It’s just too simple. Quick snapping, quick editing, quick sharing. Way easier than shooting, downloading the photos to your pc, sorting out, spending hours in processing and so on… But let’s go back to my first sentence: iPhoneography is practice. As I scrolled through my shots I noticed a big improvement over the whole year. In the first shots I wasn’t quite familiar with the square framing but the more I shot the better I could compose the picture in it.
Also I spend hours and hours trying to figure out a good processing on my beloved apple-phone. My go-for is still “VSCO Cam” (spoken: Visco-cam) which provides many filters and optional adjustments to give my photos the right look. I sometimes try around with “CrossProcess”, “Mattebox”, “Snapseed” or “Mextures” which are amazing photo-processing apps by itself but at the end I always somehow end up with “VSCO Cam”. If you haven’t tried it: Do it. But as I start talking about that… it’s worth an own blog-entry, I guess.
Oh, and don’t forget to follow my work on Instagram!
There it is! The Sandbox Studio Photography calendar 2014. It's 42x30cm and contains 13 high quality prints of my people-, nature- and travel-portfolio. You can order the calender in the Sandbox Store. Have fun!
Update: We already got the first winner! 22nd of April is correct. One date in autumn left! (you can still answer with two dates)
It's time for a little giveaway again! My Facebook page reached 2.000 likes a few days ago and is on the way to nearly 2.500.
The other great announcement is, that i'll be part of the Poladarium calendar 2014 with two Polaroids and you have the chance to win one calendar! The only thing you have to do is to guess the dates on which you will find my polaroids. Simply guess two dates in the comments below and only one of them has to be right! The first two people who guess one date right will win a Poladarium 2014 calendar. To make it a little bit easier: One of the dates is in spring, the other one is in autumn.
To get more information about the calendar, visit:
Words by Bianca
I remember the first time I got involved with baking pastry. I was 10 years old and at home alone, flipping through some cookbooks from my mom. There I found this recipe of a banana cake. Somehow I wanted to try it out, no one would interrupt me. Luckily I had all the ingredients at home so I could start right away. It was an adventure that I was hurling myself into and it turned out to be surprisingly tasty and edible, at least that's what my mom told me when I served her a piece.
Since then many years had passed, good and bad results turned out, and I still haven't lost interest in it.
I think the process itself is very relaxing somehow, even though I'm still risking a little adventure each time I start. There's no dependance that the result will be satisfying, it's always risky business. But when you get to see the smiling faces after they took the first bite it was worth the excitement.
Somebody once told me that baking means love. Everyone could cook
but baking especially is done with love. Sweet love I would say. It's the secret ingredient that makes the outcome delicious. I experienced that when I'm not fully committed to the process, because of stressful situations or bad moods, I would fail.
There's nothing bad about failing, it still happens, but it takes passion for every little detail that you do, like in any other creative process. The whisking, the measuring, the decoration...it tests your patience. And as we all know patience is a virtue.
If these facts aren't given I suppose your result would not taste the same. So even baking could be seen as a carrier of mood.
However, the outcome of this recipe was very tasty. Everyone loves Oreos, so why not try to combine it in a sweet cupcake?
The cupcake itself was chocolate flavor containing a whole cookie inside with a swiss buttercream meringue and for the grande finale a half cut cookie on top!
Well that's it, 2012 is over and seriously, it was the best year of my life (so far). I had the deepest downs that i've ever experienced but more important: I had the highest ups as well and this mixture made 2012 simply awesome for me. Everything balanced itself...I looked into a persons eyes and recognized the moment, they lost all faith and trust in me. I saw the bright smiling faces of people who where amazed to finally meet me in real life and where afraid of what kind of person i might be and they put so much expectations into me. I discovered that some people are trusting me unconditionally, no matter what and i discovered what a huge responsibility this is. I discovered that someone, i wouldn't expect calls me the best friend she has. I discovered that people i called close friends weren't giving a shit about me. I discovered that real friendship lasts, no matter what. I loved and i lost. I loved and i won. I loved and discovered, that sometimes there are more important things than that. I discovered that sometimes i simply have to let go. I discovered, that you should never let go of someone who is really important for you. You have to stand and you have to hold their hands in the moments they slip away to see what the future might hold for you. I learned, how badly wrong i am sometimes. I lied to people i loved. I learned to always say the truth and to fight for my honest opinion. Someone said "It was really a pleasure to finally meet you." I cried and thought "i wish, i had never met you." Someone said "Thank god, i thought i wouldn't be good enough for you." Sometimes i thought "you aren't good enough for me." I did good and got good things back. I worked hard and i was rewarded… sometimes. I learned to face every situation in my life with an open heart and an open mind. I learned, that i'm alone in the end. I discovered, that i can stand everything that's trying to drag me down. I simply have to do. Don't wait, don't expect, do. I discovered how loudly i can scream at someone who isn't using his full performance and heart for creating art. I discovered that i can say very, very bad things to people i love and i discovered, how much it's hurts myself, when i do that. I discovered, that wandering is some kind of home. I discovered that one single person can be a huge source of inspiration. I discovered, that people who should be an inspiration can give me the feeling that art is a bad thing. I discovered that there are some heavy things on my back, that i will have to carry my whole life. And i discovered that it's maybe a good part of me. I discovered that the most beautiful thing about life is it's ups and downs and the beautiful way, they somehow balance each other perfectly.
At the end of the year, i was doing another daily-photo-project, called "My December" and these are my results. I know, usually the "End of the year"-posts contain many "Thank you"-sentences. But i won't do that now. Simply because i learned to say "thank you" instantly so everyone i'm thankful for already knows.
To every single one of you: Thank you, you're great!
I was working on a personal project during december. I took and released one photo every day and fortunately i could end this project successful and without leaving a day out, which was only possible with the help of the people around me. I released the photos on Flickr and Facebook and i'm absolutely blown away by all the positive feedback, i received.
So many of you guys sent me a message. Some asked about special techniques, some others simply wanted to tell me, how much they love my photos. So many of you commented, liked and faved my photos and i can't tell you, how much i appreciate this support. Thank you, every singe one of you!
But the biggest gratitude goes to all my models. Sometimes they've been very spontaneous but they've always been full of trust and confidence in front of my camera. I want to thank you for your time, your trust and for being around. I would have never achieved this project-result without you.
Thank you Alex, thank you the other Alex, thank you Connie, thank you Bianca, thank you Nette, thank you July, thank you Jakob. I really enjoyed the time, i spent with you.
Did you see the Star Trek movie from 2009 by J. J. Abrams already? I'm really no Star Trek fan but when i watched that movie in the cinema, i was really thrilled by the story and the great production. At this time i haven't dealed with photography already. A few weeks ago, i saw the movie again in the cinemas and i thought "Wow, the light and these lensflare are awesome!". I bought the Blu-Ray (just because of the flares) and when i watched it, i thought "Oh my god, WOW! This light, these flares! It's ingenious!". I wanted to try the same thing for photography so i was doing some research to find out, how these flares have been created and it's less CGI work than expected. I found this making-of:
Apparently two things are necessary: Anamorphic lenses and direkt light into the lens, coming from out of the frame. Ok, the light-thing was no problem. I did it the same way, as J. J. Abrams: I used a torch-light, ajdusted directly into the lens. My torch-light was pretty weak so i had to get close to the lens but it was no big problem. The Anamorphic look for the lens-flares was harder to create. There are two possiblities: Anamorphic adaptors or Photshop. I used the last one and it worked pretty well for me! For sure, my result is not as spectacular as J. J. Abrams' movie but i'm really satisfied for the first try. the next weeks, i'll try to improve this technique and get some more information about this topic. Ok, the location wasn't perfect for my photo and the style but i couldn't find a spaceship-cockpit 🙂 Anyway i think it's very charming to created such lights because the observer gets the feeling, something is happening outside of the frame, which let's the imagination create the rest of the picture. It's my bands' drummer, Sascha on this photo.
I can only recommend J. J Abrams' Star Trek movie to every photographer who loves backlight and lensflares. Even if you're not a Star Trek fan (like me), you will definitely enjoy the movie! You'll get some ispiration for using light and you will lose the constraint to use backlight and lesnflares.
I also created a little making-of with my light-setup for you:
A few days ago, my cameras got a new family member, the Bronica ETRS. The Bronica is a medium format 4,5x6 film-camera. So it's not the classical square medium format but something in between the square and the classical 2x3 format.
Medium format negatives are very big which causes an extremely high detail level and you can achieve pictures with more than 50 MP (but that doesn't make sense very often!). You can get nearly every small-format film in a medium-format version and i started with the Kodak Portra here too. Light metering is not possible with my camera but fortunately i have some tools to help me with that (you could also use a digtal camera for metering 😉 ). The manual focus is something completely different first but it's really nice if you get used to it. I even use manual focus with my digital camera now, whenever it's possible. It's much easier to get a really sharp focus when you're doing it the manual way.
There is still a small defect on the camera, causing some light leaks on many photos, which means light is hitting the film on some position. I still wasn't able to completely kill these light leaks but as soon as i got rid of this problem, you will see the first series with the Bronica! Till then, i shot some photos OF the camera for you! (well, it's a pretty nice thing to look at, isn't it?)
So this is it, my first official blog. It's true in fact i never had something like a blog or that.
This blog is some addition to the official website of my recording studio. We're a sound- and artwork studio and because of that i thought it might be a good idea to make this blog as a part of the studio-website.
What you will find here are photographs that i take in my life. You will find here some more photos than on my Flickr or DeviantArt account so you won't regret looking through this blog sometimes 😉
Please feel free to comment on the blogposts or contact me whenever you want!
Well, i think these words are enough for the beginning because i'll post many more words in the future 😉