Questions & Answers
Who are you?
I was born in February 1962, just a week before John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth in Mecury Atlas 6. The place of my birth is a town called Wuppertal, rather close to Düsseldorf in the mid-western part of Germany. I was different: while other boys liked their toy cars or their electric railways I always preferred things with wings. Consequently I started flying gliders at the age of 14. A Private Pilot License followed at 17 and I had been active as a pilot until 2006, logging some 1.000 hours in a variety of Light Aircraft. In 1979 I had been selected as a member of the German “International Air Cadet Exchange” Team and was send to the United States for a couple of weeks. That visit also marked the start for my interest in military aviation as well as in photography. Aircraft are highly photogenic, especially those in the military. I took several thousand aviation shots since those early days, some of them have been published in newspapers and in calendars.
What equipment do you use?
My current equipment covers a NIKON D300S, a NIKON D7000 and a Sony Alpha 6000. I use a Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4,5-5,6G VR zoom lens on the Nikons and a Sony 70 – 200mm SEL 70200G on the Alpha 6000. For static shots I prefer wide angle lenses like the Sigma 10-20mm / F 3,5 EX DC HSM and the Walimex Pro 12mm / F 1:2,0.
Do you prefer shooting in RAW or in JPG and why? What is your software platform?
There is no option rather than to shoot in RAW. Why? RAW supports the complete range of post production processes. Why should we limit our potentials by using JPG? I organize my picture processing with three software components: Lightroom, Photoshop and Perfect Photo Suite 9. Since the Adobe modules must be considered as standard operating tools the PPS-9 provides some very interesting filter presets that help to manage a rather lean workflow.
Have you joined an organization?
Yes, I am a member of the International Society for Aviation Photography - ISAP.
What advice would you share with someone new to photography?
1. Get close!
2. Shoot RAW, always!
3. Sensor dust is evil, keep your camera clean!