Creating and living through art & love
In my blog, I take you Behind The Scenes , get my Hands On new gear and software, talk about what gets me In The Mood to be creative and May I Introduce great artists I met and tell their story?
Playmate Production July 2023 for Playboy Germany
My fourth Playboy publication this year is now on the newsstand. I'm very happy to finally be able to speak about this pictorial, because it was a very nice production in the Canary Islands. Working there is simply a dream.
Dealing with haters
In today's digital world, there are no more hurdles and people can share their thoughts and opinions faster and more directly. Sometimes manners fall by the wayside, and that's exactly what I've experienced now.
Free Photoshop Action for Glamorous Shiny Glowing Skin
In glamour photography, skin is actually always shiny. For this you need body lotion or oil, so in any case greasy skin. But also in post-processing you can push the image even more easily. I have created a little Photoshop action for this.
Minimalism versus Maximalism
We live in a world of sensory overload. I've written about that many times. Our brain is overwhelmed by too much information from the senses, leading to a sense of confusion, fatigue, and anxiety. But how does this affect photography and which method do I prefer?
Why the film look appeals to us
There are many photographers who imitate the film look or even shoot on film. Our technology is getting better and better, but the old-fashioned and past looks more interesting. Why is that?
Color Grading with LUTs — using normal photos without profiles
Colors have an enormous effect on the mood of the image. If the colors aren't right, a picture doesn't feel finished to me. There are many ways to colorize images. Today I explain why LUTs are perfect for me.
Dissatisfaction as a steady drive
Dissatisfaction can be a powerful drive for artistic creativity. Many artists have created their art out of a sense of dissatisfaction with the world around them. Since I've realized that dissatisfaction is my drive, too, I've found it easier to deal with.
To find ideas for a shoot, you have to look left and right. Beyond the edge of your nose. And then you discover things everywhere that would be potentially interesting. My readership (or do you say viewership?) is similar to my age. That's why things from the eighties fit pretty well.
Which category do I belong in?
There are different genres of photography and there is this nice saying that you can't dance on all weddings at the same time. I completely agree with that, which is why I specialized early on. But how exactly?
All just nonsense?
Nude photography can be divided into different genres such as Classic Studio Nude, Fine Art Nudes or Erotic Nude. Recently I was talking with a friend and he was of the opinion that all genres have in common that almost every scene depicted is bullshit.
A giant sun visor
We all know them. Those plastic sun visors that you can screw onto your lens. Somewhere deep in the photo bag they lie around at first. Then you realize that you can get much crisper photos with these things because they block out stray light. I admit, I still don't use them anymore.
Colorize normal videos in Photoshop with LUTs
You can also colorize videos filmed without any special profile using LUTs. This allows you to give your normal video the same color scheme as your photos without the hassle of filming in S-LOG, V-LOG or other flat profiles.
How smartphones are reshaping the vision of photography
Photography has come a long way since the days of film cameras and darkrooms. With the rise of digital technology and the ubiquitous presence of smartphones, photography has completely changed. Did you notice that a photo isn't a photo anymore?
Playboy Germany April 2023
Hooray, finally it's that time again. In the April issue of the German Playboy you can find a picture spread that I produced. It was a particularly nice experience for me, because I had two great models in front of the camera at the same time.
Fight the nude photo calendars
In Germany, photo calendars for craft businesses and workshops have a long tradition. It used to be good manners to give calendars to your customers. I myself have photographed individual calendars for various industrial companies. This tradition seems to be coming to an end.
Learning to deal with rejection
Job interviews are tedious. You always have to fear rejection. Who doesn't know this? And especially as a model, you know that you get rejected in about 90% of all job applications. On average, I probably even turn down 95 out of 100 applicants. But how can you deal with rejection?
Precious coffee table books
Recently a friend told me that he had seen my first coffee table book at an art auction. For the very first time, a copy had appeared for sale on Catawiki. Out of curiosity I followed the auction and was very surprised what a high price was paid for Frisky.
Actually, my blog is all about photography and my life as a photographer. But since I travel a lot, I have also experienced many stories while flying. Some are so absurd that it would be just too bad not to tell them.
Free of charge culture
For seventeen years I have shown photo series for free on my website. Two new series every month. In the meantime I have arrived at a one-month rhythm. And since Saturday I decided to stop showing my photos for free. The concept of offering them for free doesn't work anymore.
Ways out of the creative hole
I think every artist knows it: The creative hole. You have completed a large project and suddenly nothing works anymore. You are unmotivated to start something new and afraid of failure. What has been achieved so far seems so good that repeating it is either boring or one fears the viewer might be disappointed with what you create next.
Color Grading with Camera Raw Filter Presets
For quick color grading, I sometimes used pre-made presets from Photoshop's Camera Raw filter. There are a lot of presets there and it takes a long time to go through all of them. When Photoshop 2023 came out, I took the time to work through the complete list and report my recommendations here.
A new playlist
Music is a wondrous thing. It creates a soft carpet of sounds and washes it into our ears. It gets us in the mood and that's exactly why it's helpful to play beautiful music at a shoot. But what is beautiful music?
Is AI the future of photography?
For about a year now, fear has been running rampant in the graphics industry. Artificial intelligence is getting better and better and now independently generates images that were only described by entering a text prompt. Are artificially generated images a competition to be taken seriously?
What you see is what you imagine
Here is a drawing by Lugduni Batavorum. I could have taken any picture out there to explain my thoughts, but the classic one by Magritte is copyrighted, so we can have a closer look at this piece of art instead.
The end of nude photography?
Lately I sometimes wonder how nude photography will continue. I'm getting older and times are changing. By now I have much more experience, know much better what I want to portray, but the social change is clearly working against me.