Easy Ain’t Worth Nothing

Lately my output of images has been quite low. I’ve been getting maybe one or two images per day that I’m somewhat happy with. The reason isn’t that I don’t spot anything that I could take a picture of – I actually see lot of these moments. I’m deciding not to

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Instagram – The damage it does to your photography

Looking for inspiration I’ve recently had a long stroll through a collection of work by Chris Killip. Having not known him in advance, his direct and sometimes almost brutally honest images got me right away. While many of the images seem quite inconspicuous at first glance, they get stronger the longer

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5 Quick Tips How To Get Closer To Your Subject

If you compare my images from November this year to the images of last year’s November, there’s one big and clear difference. I’m now getting much closer to my subjects. Back then I tried to tell myself that getting close to people just isn’t my style, that it just isn’t me.

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It’s ALL Up To You

It’s easy to find excuses for your own shortcomings. Blaming things that don’t go the way you’ve planned them on everything but you. That’s an easy and unfortunately very common thing to do. But that’s not going to get your forward, no matter what you do. There’s an inconvenient truth

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Just another Umbrella

It’s the middle of October now and autumn is giving us what many love about it for street photography. Foggy mornings, steamy windows, loads of umbrellas and early evenings. On Instagram everyone is sharing images of people with colourful umbrellas and people hidden behind wet windows. But the question is,

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长沙 – Street Diary 06 – Beautiful imperfection

What does perfect mean? Basically something that is as good as it could possible be. Something perfect is flawless. But does perfection in street photography create a perfect image? I think that a street photograph should have imperfections and that they help you creating good compelling images. During last week

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长沙 – Street Diary 05 – Is it all just luck?

How much would you say comes down to luck in street photography? Some images barely require any effort because they happen right in front of you, at the right place and at the right time. When I took this image I was pretty excited as it was one of those

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长沙 – Street Diary 04 – Focal length

A quick tip in the beginning: Never wait too long with editing your images. A few days where I didn’t find the motivation and time to post process the recent photos and now I have about 800 files piled up, waiting to be edited. It’s getting more day by day

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长沙 – Street Diary 03 – Creative Block

Did you have a creative block before? Maybe you’re not motivated enough to start creating. Maybe you’re motivated but the ideas just don’t come. Or maybe the ideas are coming but they never feel good enough. It’s something we all have from time to time and we often can’t get

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长沙 – Street Diary 02 – Night time

Night time is beautiful. Last week I completely fell in love with it, as the lush colours gave me atmospheres I couldn’t get during the day. While also still taking portraits, during the day I tried my best to seek out little moments that are funny when put into a

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长沙 – Street Diary 01

I don’t know if I would call the first week here in Changsha a success or more trial and error. After being quite jet-lagged due to a horror train ride and flight, at least in regard to sleeping, I arrived tired and exhausted. The burning heat didn’t help as I

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Is candid photography exploitation?

Lately I’ve been photographing a lot in churches. Apart from the lighting which is often warm, soft and colourful, the people inside are great subjects. Praying people portray all the things which can make in an image great. Emotions, hope, complete honesty and all that in a beautiful environment. But

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China – My expectations

The next two months are going to be a hopefully exciting time for me. Tomorrow I’ll hop on an airplane to Changsha, China and will stay there until October. I’ve travelled many Asian countries before and stayed quite a while in Taiwan. But I found that especially China is a

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Summertime – And the livin’ is easy

  It seems like everyone seems to be “hating” the hot summer weather. Not only friends and family alike all seem to agree on that but on Instagram there are also a lot of people who seem to be missing winter and its cold, rainy days. I think I’m one

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5 reasons for shooting 5 days a week

“Your first 10.000 photographs are your worst”. This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson is arguably one of the most famous sentences in photography history. It contains the most important message every photographer should live by – go shooting as much as possible. About one year ago I made a resolution which was

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