With the introduction of the digital camera my overall view of photography and it’s potential completely changed from one day to the next. Let’s go back a little. I haven’t always been a real estate and architectural photographer, I actually shot weddings and family portraits at the beginning of my photographic career. My first teacher was a shrewd English man who loved wedding photography and as difficult as he was, really toughed me to look at detail. It doesn’t matter if you shoot people or houses, details are of utmost importance. When you start at a bride’s home with the first photos before the ceremony you try to capture her excitement about the upcoming event and when you are photographing a home you look for those special “extras” which make that home interesting and worth buying. You always try to catch a special mood. Of course I was shooting film back then and camera settings mattered even more than today. There was not much room for mistakes and I used Photoshop mainly to design my business cards and brochures. The teacher I profited the most from back then was Monte Zucker, one of the really great wedding photographers of all times. I consider myself lucky to have received my probably most important lesson from him – and even though I changed my field I still profit enormously from what I learned from him so many years ago. It is one sentence that will stick with me forever, ” where there is light, there are shadows”. I learned that flat light is boring and highlights and shadows are actually good and bring life into a scene. Today I am using Photoshop almost with every photograph I take, and it is not that I make ” mistakes”, no, it is a great way to make good photographs the best they can possibly be. There is so much room for creativity and a chance to push your abilities and knowledge to the limit. Digital photography opened the door for me to become a more complete photographer and artist as such and I look forward to every new batch of images and what I can do with them.
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