For July's edition of the Audiolove Showcase series we shed light on the sublime frame screated by Sascha Shcroder. This german photographer is a master of colour maniuplatio , squeezing every last bti of saturation into his photographs whilst maintaining the integrity and emotion of the musiciaans he cszptures within his frame. His work is definitely one to check out and follow if you do not do so already. We caught up with Sascha to get more insight into his work and thoughts on the industry. Please check out the full interview below.
AL - What do you include your kit bag when going to shoots?
SS - Today I'm mainly shooting with a Canon 5D MK III. If needed I bring a Canon 7D as a backup or to shoot simultaneously, so that I don't have to switch lenses. But actually I'm not a big fan of a heavyweight backpack, so most of the time I stick with the 5D and only bring a second camera to huge festivals or paid jobs. My main lenses are a Canon 24-105 F4 and a 70-200m F4.
When the venue is really big and impressive, I also like to bring a 8mm fisheye on my 7D. Actually I rarely use other prime lenses than the fisheye, which is mostly because I'm a lazy ass and don't want to carry too much stuff. And additionally I just prefer to be ready to shoot most situations all the time without switching lenses every other second. Only in really fucked up venues or if there are basically no lights I grab a 50mm prime.
I know my way to go is pretty uncommon and most of my fellows in the pit are shooting with F2.8 or primes. But today's cameras and editing tools are just so great, it's no problem at all to simply push the ISO another step if needed without loosing too much quality. But I also don't think there is a wrong or right and In my opinion you should shoot with whatever feels right for you.
AL - You have a very unique style with regards to your photography, how much does your knowledge of graphic design contribute to the vibrant colours that you manage to get out of your images?
SS- Thank you! I can't say that my background as a media designer doesn't help me at all. Of course it comes in handy to know something about "basic rules" in graphic design or colors in general, for example. Photography and design have a lot in common actually. I would even say every good designer can take nice photos when you teach him or her how to use a camera.
And great photographers most likely have an eye for neat design as well, even if they never professionally learned something about it. In my case, I wouldn't say my background influenced my personal style too much though. But other great photographers did and still do. My background only made it easier to understand how they do what they are doing (editing-wise) and to adapt and combine the different styles I like.
I think that's the best way to find your own style: look out for other great artists you like and try to learn and adapt what they are already doing in the first place. Then you can play with those different styles and combine them to create your own.
Of course "better" gear is always helping a lot, but its surely not always needed and you can produce crap with the most expensive camera 😃
AL - How did you get started in photography and which photographers do you admire at the moment?
I bought my first "real" camera in 2006, actually searching for a new hobby, but without thinking too much about what to do with it in the first place. The following months I've been shooting anything I could get in front of my lens. Flowers, my cat, all the stuff probably everybody begins with. Photography wise I'm completely self-taught.
There's a free open air festival with lots of local and international musicians where I live and I've been there every year anyway, so I decided to take my camera with my and took some random shots of a few bands playing there. I've still had no idea what I'm doing and and that's exactly how the photos looked like, but somehow I decided to get in touch with some of the local bands anyway and send them their shots.
One of those bands actually asked me to shoot their next show and that's basically how everything started out of nowhere.
A big influence for me is Adam Elmakias. I guess everyone interested in music shots already knows who he is. A fantastic photographer with a great personality and also a good example of how to manage the business part of being a photographer, which I'd say is just as important as the photos themselves.
But there are so many inspiring people in the pits around the world and due to the Internet it's not even difficult to get in touch with them. For example you should definitely check out the fellows Viktor Schanz, Mitch Rue and Mirko Witzki. Great photographers as well!
AL - Where can we find more of your work?
You can check out my work at the following places: