MAXIMILIAN SCHUMACHER - INTERVIEW
Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
My name is Maximilian Schumacher. I was born in a little town in Russia. When I was six years old, I moved to Germany and grew up there. Photography is very special because, for me, it means capturing moments and memories that otherwise would get lost. Memories fade, a photo remains preserved forever.
What does your post-production process look like?
My workflow is very simple. I try to achieve the best results avoiding editing. Of course, I slightly edit my photos but as I use presets, which is my working-base, I only need to correct the colors, the contrast and the sharpness. However, the art of photography is TAKING a perfect photo and not editing it until it seems to be perfect.
How has your photography style evolved over time?
I would say that my photography improved simultaneously with the purchase of better tools. I always enjoyed looking at pictures of high quality and was able to distinguish between decent and poor photography. With a small Canon Ixus 75 certain photos cannot be achieved. A great camera, a good lens, and a pleasant atmosphere are everything you need to take a seamless photo. Satisfactory lighting conditions are also very helpful and very welcome.
What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
My favourite tools are those that function smoothly and that perform the task they were created for. For example, the focus of the Sony A73 plus Sony 35mm Distagon works easily and therefore, it is my favourite tool for capturing. My favourite editing tool is Lightroom. However, Lightroom works very slowly which disturbs me deeply.
What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
That's a difficult question! My only advice is to take tons and tons of photos! Practice makes perfect! Try to see how the light works. Attempting to take the perfect photo in the moment and not editing it is the key.
What type of photography do you most enjoy?
As one may already guess while scrolling through my Instagram account, I absolutely love taking photos of landscapes. Obviously, I am also interested in portraits as I am a wedding photographer, nevertheless, I need to distinguish between my job and my hobby. Photography is both job and hobby, but the target changes. As my other hobby is to travel, I can perfectly combine it with taking photos of mountains, lakes and other scenery.
What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
What discourages me in my job is the busiest time of the year, in which I am editing wedding photos day in, day out. These days stress and exhaust me the most. What encourages me, on the other hand, is landscape-photography. When I am standing on top of a mountain I just climbed, and I can see things I never saw and never thought I would ever see and I am able to capture it with only one simple 'click' … that gives me the best feeling in the world: Peace. The greatest thing about photography is that you can take your camera everywhere and can record every memory which is therefore kept forever.
When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
Unfortunately, I thought several times that I have failed. Wedding photography is a very difficult field because clients do not always have the same idea of ideal photographs. Many times, I sat in front of my computer and wanted to give everything up. That may sound stereotypical but, in some moments, one feels down and needs to sleep on it. Then, the only thing that helps is to do things you like— travelling, to taking photos of the countryside or whatever you love to do. There will always be phases where you need more motivation.
What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
Everybody needs success to go on, even if success is just the small things. I learned what success means to me when a bride started to cry when she saw her wedding photos. If you are the person who captures the most treasured moments of another person's life and they are happy with it, this is SUCCESS. But it is important to know that success does not come to you easily, you need to keep going to achieve your goals! Sometimes it comes faster than you think.
MAXIMILIAN SCHUMACHER - GEAR LIST
Until 2018 I loved to use Canon:
Canon 85mm L
Canon 35mm L
Canon 135mm L
Canon Eos 5D Mark III & IV.
But this changed. Now I own two Sony A73.
Sony 24mm 1.4 GMaster (recently ordered)
Sony Distagon 35mm 1.4
Sony 50mm Zeiss 1.4
Sony 85mm GMaster.
Sigma 105mm 1.4 (recently ordered)
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