I started to photograph at 14 when I got my first camera. I took pictures on my travels. Later I photographed at punk rock shows of the bands that I loved. I learned the craft with a Minolta SRT 101 – the analogue camera of my parents with which I had to set everything manually- from focus to aperture to shutter speed.
Today I work with a Fujifilm xt-3. But I still got one of these old SLRs. I love the way it’s limitations influence my work.
I am still an analogue guy in this digital world.
Minolta Flash Meter IV
Why do pros work with a light meter? Because they can adjust the light much faster and much more accurately that way than using the reflective light meter of the camera. The Minolta Flash Meter IV is a simple tool that does the job. It measures ambient light and and works with a flash.
Just one flash
A flash is an essential tool for my shootings. I am able to shape the light and create more saturated pictures.
The Godox TT685 and X1T-F wireless trigger for fujifilm is a reliable partner to shoot with off camera flash. It allows me to use ttl. But I set it to manual mode because I love to control the light.
Walimex pro light stand 2,65m and an 83cm translucent white soft umbrella
Is a lightweight solution that I always take with me when I do indoor shootings. I love to use off camera flash and with the umbrella I am able to diffuse the light and create more natural looking pictures.
Asahi Takumar f1.8 55mm
As I started shooting digital with my Fuji x system my intent was to use some vintage glass too. the Takumar is one of these legendary lenses. The quality of the lens is still amazing. The sharpness is incredible and because it is a 6 element lens design it has great microcontrast too.
Auto Yashinon f2 50mm
Another vintage glass that I love because of its character. The Auto Yashinion lacks a bit of contrast and has this incredible bokeh that gives portraits a classical Hollywood diva touch.
Mamiya C3 professional
The Mamiya C3 was manufactured in the 1960s and weighs about three kilos and is built to last. It is a full mechanical camera that shoots yay medium format film. My favourite film is the Kodak portra 400. The camera is mounted with an 85mm lens with f2.8 aperture max shutter speed. 1/500 sec. This lens is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. It is a fully manual lens and there is no built-in light meter.
I bought this camera to challenge my workflow. It slows me down due to it technical limitations and I have to rethink composition because of the square format. And it is a real hipster gadget of course.