Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Florian Schmidbauer, I am 44 years old and I come from Munich. Together with my life partner Claudia Tischer (www.starlightfotokunst.com), I live out my passion in photography with people.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got my first camera at the age of 10 and as the son of a photographer I was already put the fascination of photography into the cradle.
What does photography mean to you?
For me, photography is the artistic living out of my thoughts, the collaboration with always new and great people, whom I can show what I think and feel.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I don't want to adapt my style to the mainstream, but to photograph it the way I see and feel it.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My inspirations are everywhere, in nature, watching people and their narratives.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Before a shoot I have a certain basic idea what I want to implement, but in the shoot everything is created in the overall picture.
Studio, on location or both?
I love photographing in the studio when you can master the light, but also capture the existing light of nature and use it for its purposes.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a professional photographer and have been with my own studio for 6 years.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
The most emotional shoot I had with my grandma, who is now 98 years old. She told me about her childhood and her life and I was allowed to photograph her doing so. In their eyes everything could be seen, joy and suffering. Just life.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Until 6 years ago, I took pictures with a Canon 7D. After testing a Nikon 800, I was so intrigued that I switched to Nikon. Now I take pictures with a Nikon 850 and preferably with an 85mm or 35mm of Sigma.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to compete in the market. Due to the insane flood of images in the social media channels, the value of an image is decreasing more and more. People are more and more saturated with it and a great picture just disappears because you no longer have the time to look at it. You should see photography as passion and art and stay true to your own style. Staying authentic is the path to success.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I find the new magazine very successful. The variety of the many different styles and techniques shows how individually each photographer sees and illustrates his models in front of the camera.
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