Digital or Film

Most of the photographers shot digital these days. When you are a professional it is probably not really an option to wait for a film being developed, not having a backup and not seeing what the results will look like. Now and then I look at some photographs and recognize that they were shot on film. One of my „photography heroes“ is Bruce Percy and he shots exclusively on film. Lately I watched a behind the scenes shooting with Martin Schoeller, a famous portrait photographer, who also shots film for some special work. Other examples are the Platon or Michael Kenna.

On my last trip I brought my Mamiya 7II loaded with Fuji Velvia 50 alongside with the Fujiflim GFX 50 R. Both are medium format cameras. The lenses are approximately the same focal length and aperture. So I took a similar picture with both cameras for a comparison.

I think both have a special character and mood. The digital image has more detail, but I like the shifted and heavy saturated colors from the Velvia. It represents the mood in the scene very good. So what is reality ? I think it doesn’t matter. What really counts is to capture the mood of the scene. Which one would you prefer ? I think I will bring my film camera again and continue shooting flim AND digital.

Fujifilm GFX 50 R, 32mm, f6.4, ISO 800

Fujifilm GFX 50 R, 32mm, f6.4, ISO 800

Mamiya 7II, 65mm, f4, Fuji Velvia 50

Mamiya 7II, 65mm, f4, Fuji Velvia 50

Sony A7r roadmap

I just upgraded from the Sony A7rIII to the A7rIV. In the last years I had every „A7r“ camera Sony made. I startet with the A7r in 2015, when I switched from Canon. In the beginning I used my Canon lenses with a Metabones adapter. Later I changed lenses to Sony and get rid of the adapter. In 2016 I upgraded to the A7rII. This was a much better quality and Sony improved the camera significantly. Only downside were the batteries. For a serious use I needed 5 batteries ! This was the reason for upgrading to the A7rIII in 2017. So far I was very satisfied with this camera. But also good things can improved. So when the A7rIV was announced I immediately ordered one. My first impressions are positive. I like the deeper grip, the locking for the exposure compensation dial, the higher resolution and the updated viewfinder.

I have experienced the whole development in the mirrorless market. So far I am glad I switch to mirrorless early. But there are many improvements I still miss: the GPS synchronization and the phone connectivity is not reliable. The Sony app is not up-to-date. I do not understand why Sony discontinued the apps inside the camera. They had a big potential.

So far I am very pleased with my currently setup. When I travel I use the Fujifilm GFX 50R with the 32-64mm f4 and the Sony A7rIV with the Sony 100-400 GM. The cameras are always attached to the lenses and I don’t need to switch lenses at all. So I can easily avoid sensor dust which is still a big problem for most mirrorless cameras. If I hadn’t the GFX already, I would have kept the A7rIII as a second camera.


Award Nominee

I am proud to tell that I am a nominee for the "Palm Art Award 2016" with three of my paintings. For further information please visit here

One Trillion Photos

Here is an interesting post on the blog of mylio. For further information please look here

Across the globe, all of us have taken just over one trillion photos in 2015. There are other statistics that say that 10 % of all photos were taken in the past 12 months. Photography was developed in 1826. The photos that were taken unti the year 1900 (= 74 years), are now taken in 2 minutes.

So how did we get to such huge numbers? In the early days of consumer photography, taking a picture was expensive. You had to pay for every roll of film you put in your camera, for processing that roll of film and for each and every print. There were no other possibility to storage the photos, except for printing them out. So all the picture takers were a bit more careful about pressing the shutter, because it cost.

Digital photography changed all that. Suddenly we could take endless images without added expense, and see the results easily and immediately. We all started taking more photos. A lot more photos.

Today, of course, many of us have a camera with us all the time – it’s built in to our smartphone – and so we’re taking hundreds or thousands of photos a year. 20 years ago you might’ve only burned a roll of film at Christmas or a birthday party. Ten years ago you might’ve taken about 100 shots at a half-dozen occasions. These days, if you’re a photography fan, you’re likely to snap a half dozen shots per day, and the rest of us will capture at least one photo a week: a person, event or something else that strikes us.

And when we “capture” that sight, we do so with more than one frame – many more. That first shot might be blurry, and the smile isn’t quite right in the next one, and… heck, why not take a dozen while we’re at it?

Let's say roughly half of the people in the world have a mobile phone with a built-in camera: around 3 billion people. And let’s say they take 10 photos per day – that’s 3,650 photos per year, per person. That adds up to more than 10 trillion photos annually (10,950,000,000,000).

More conservatively, if only one billion people have cameras or phones, and take less than 3 photos per day/1,000 pictures per year, that’s still 1 trillion photos captured every year.

InfoTrends’ 2014 Worldwide Image Capture Forecast estimates consumers will take 810 billion photos worldwide in 2014. This number will grow to 1 trillion photos in 2015 and 1.3 trillion photos by 2017. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2017 will be 16.2%. This growth will be driven by the increased ownership and use of mobile phones or other upcoming devices.

But most of the pictures that are taken are not done carefully. They are not composed and worked out. So the artistic quality ist very poor. So they are not inviting to have a closer look at them. Hopefully we don't forgett these skills.

Some photography content I watch

- Scott Kelby / Kelby One / The Grid

Various topics about the photography industry. Occasionally some interesting guests. Very huge commercial part. The early shows were better. Scott is able to explain the things very good.

- Aaron Nace / Phlearn

Aaron is a very funny guy. He is a master of photoshop. He explains some really good techniques and tricks. The edits look all natural.

- Serge Ramelli

Serge is a french photographer. Some of his shots of the monuments in Paris are nice. Mainly his shots are too vibrant for my taste. Some of his tips are useful.

- Jason Lanier

Jason is very passionated and a cool guy. He does portrait work and weddings. I like his style and his advice is useful.

- Matt Granger

Matt is from Australia. I like his videos and trust his reviews.

- Karl Taylor

Karl has a high claim on the quality of his work. Some years ago he did some really good tutorials.

- Ted Forbes / The Art of Photography

This is mainly related to the art side of photography. Especially the shows about analogue and film stuff I like very much.

- FStoppers

These guys are very cool and creative. Their teasers of the series "photographing the world" with Elia Locardi are one of my favourites.

- Peter Hurley

Peter is one of the world's best headshot photographers. He has a unique style and some great tips. He also develops some pro gear with his own brand.

- Tony & Chelsea Northrup

Their shows are entertaining and informative. Tony knows really what he is talking about.

- Ben Horne

Ben does large format landscapes. If you need to slow down, watch this.

Roll out...

Hi there. Now I am on with my brand new website ! I will post some news about my photography and art work in irregular intervals. So stay tuned !

My current photography gear:

Sony A7rII

Sony Zeiss 55mm

Sony Zeiss 28mm (looking forward to swap to the Zeiss Loxia 21mm)

Tamron 28-300

Tamron 150-600

Samyang 135mm

Sigma 12-24mm

Feisol Tripod