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An Interview with a Pattern and Architecture Photographer– Barbara Schmidt

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August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day and so to celebrate, extraordinary and versatile world and culture of photography, we shall celebrate the whole month of August with articles dedicated to Photographers. WeekendTrivia exclusive interviews with as well as a photography contest shall be running on as well as all other social media platforms. So dive into the fest!

Patterns and unique architecture are the things which draws the attention on of the Talented pattern and Architecture photographer Barbara Schmidt. Hailing from Germany, she completed her long career in the Civil services and now indulges in her passion for photography. Read on to know more about her.

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The lady herself- Barbara Schmidt

Q1: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? Along with the genre of your photography and on which project are you working currently? What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: Living in Germany, I am German, International Award winning photographer. I graduated in law and administrative sciences and retired in September 2015, after more than 40 years as a civil servant. Since my retirement my greatest passion is photography. In my own country my biggest successes are: State Photographer Westphalia 2016 and places 2 and 3 in the following years. As well as the 3rd place at the North German Photo Championship 2018. I got the DVF performance medal in gold for outstanding achievements. In Trade magazine PHOTOGRAPHY 04 | 2017 I was presented as Photographer of the Month. I am grateful and happy for every international title and success.

Q2: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most?

A: It always starts with lines. They attract me magically. Almost every one of my pictures starts in this way, before I even look through the camera. 

At the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, Brazil, I saw an exhibition of old Soviet masters’ photographs in black and white. Nothing impressed me more. That’s what I want from a good image: A message, a feeling and a story that is transported with as few elements as possible. Monochrome is a strong medium to show what is important.

Q3: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the time you set of your journey?  

A: Everything started in the year 2012 when a good friend gave me his camera in my hand. I wondered what I shall do with this. His words: “Press the shutter release button on the camera, otherwise you have no picture.” I never forget this and practice it as often as possible. In May 2014 I got my first Camera mirrorless Fuji X T1. All I learned with try and error, without any professional training. 

Q4: When you go in one of your photo-shoot which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?

A: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F/1.4 R

35mm on my Fuji sensor correspond to 50mm on a full frame camera. My suspicion is that this comes closest to the human field of view. For this reason it is possible that the viewer more easily comes in contact with the image.

Q5: How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to?

A: I never go out with the intention of bringing a certain picture with me. But I go to the places, where I want to be and expect there what may come.

A: I never go out with the intention of bringing a certain picture with me. But I go to the places, where I want to be and expect there what may come.

Q6: Can you explain to the budding photographer what makes the good picture stand out from the average?

A:  A good picture touches you.

Q7: How would you define your style of photography? How do you imagine a pattern while you see a normal thing? 

A: I follow lines. My vision immediately has one line, sometimes two, never more. If there are more lines in the picture, they automatically follow in a right way.

Q8: What are the main challenges you face as an architectural photographer? Do you find it more challenging/time-consuming to shoot interiors or exteriors?

A: I like both. If it is possible I prefer to use a tripod. A look at horizontal viewer in camera is basic, adding a bubble spirit level is helpful. For symmetries images it is very important to be in a really centered position.

For my kind of work I miss no tilt shift objective. But sometimes my 35mm prime lens inside is not possible and I work with a 10-24mm zoom objective. Manual 8mm prime lens is seldom a good choice, but if I can use it, I love this special effect.

Q9: How important is the role of natural light in pattern photography?

A: I love natural light. Every change in light situation gives a new picture.

Q10: In Architectural photography what is the key factor according to you?

A:  A “baroque” architecture, which already contains many elements,  I prefer to photograph in the way it is, I only determine the detail of the picture and consider the technical aspects. A simple, strong, modern architecture offers plenty of scope for my own creativity.

Q11: Which post processing software you use for your pictures? 

A:  Lightroom and a little bit photoshop.

Q12: Many of the photographers ask us where they find out about the salon news or exhibition news. Can you please give them some idea?

A: There is a service from different patronages. They offer contest-lists. To find a contest it is possible to filter in chronologically or thematic (print or digital) order. For example:  myfiap.net/patronages, psa-current-exhibition-list and gpuphoto.com/salons. If you once started with participation you will find following invitations in your postbox.

Q13: Name the last photography book/journal that you read.

A: That’s easy. None. Never.

Q14: Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer? 

A: Professional has the chance to earn money.

Q15: Any quick message for our blog? Wish you a very happy world photography day! Thanks for your time!   

A: Make the picture that you want and need. It doesn’t matter what others say or think. You can always only make your own picture.

Thank you dearest Barbara, for taking out time for us and letting our readers know about your wonderful journey so far. We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work..!

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