Questions for Carsten Schröder

When did you start your photography?

 

A story like many! My father got me hooked. At the age of 6 I wanted to own an SLR camera, because I had had enough of cut-off feet and trees. I wanted to “see” what I was photographing. I saved up my first Foto Porst camera.

 

 

Is photography your hobby or your profession?
 

It is a passionate hobby for me that has now developed into a sideline.

 

How and where was the image taken which you entered to the competition? Is there a story about it?

 

I had planned a day trip to Paris with my wife and a couple of friends. I wanted to photograph the artists’ quarter at Montmartre. Since there are a lot of people out and about, I wanted to challenge myself and was only carrying my Fuji XT3 with 56mm (85mm KB) fixed focal length and shooting at open aperture.

 

The first image I discovered was of the two children listening to the street musician at the side of the road. The colours are very harmonious.

 

 
Who and/or what inspires you most?

 

It’s hard to say. I love the work of the classic street photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson etc.

 

What’s your photographic focus?

 

That’s also hard to say. I am open for every photographic subject and I like to experiment in photography as well as in image editing.

 

What’s your next photo project, your next challenge?

I have just started a workshop project of conceptual photography as a coach, where the participants are aiming to find their own photographic path using their own perspectives. The workshop will result in an exhibition of images on the topic “home”. This is exciting and also challenging for me as a workshop teacher.

 

 

Do you include color management in your photographic workflow?

Color management is the be-all and end-all for me. Without it, I can’t imagine going through my workflow with confidence.
 

It is very important to me that the digital image and print are identical. Above all, without proper color management, it would not be possible to pass on images to publishers.
 

I already start my color management when I take the pictures. I use gray cards or color reference patches. Later, a calibrated monitor is used in digital processing.

 

What do you do with your photos? Do you print them, post them on your social media accounts or your website or do they simply stay on your hard drive?

 

That depends. I find social media platforms important for presenting oneself to the outside world, just like one’s own website. Some individual pictures find their way onto my wall. I also create photo books on certain topics from time to time.
 

I like to take part in photo competitions, as is always fun to find and create photos on certain topics.

 

 
What’s your photographic goal? What do you dream of?
 

To be able to make a living from photography and have a lot of fun at work. To pass on my knowledge to those who are thirsty for knowledge. Unfortunately, that has become very difficult these days.

 
 

About the Author – Carsten Schröder

 

I was born in 1967 and have been taking photos since childhood. At the age of 12, I developed my own photos in the darkroom. In the 2000s I switched to digital techniques. Today my darkroom is the computer.

 

I like to pass on my self-taught knowledge in a wide variety of courses and workshops on photography and image editing. That also lead me to writing two books: One on image editing "Vom einfachen Foto zum besonderen Bild" (2012) and one about creative photography "Fotografie zwischendurch - 20 Minuten Alltag mit Kreativität füllen" (2019), both published by dpunkt-Verlag.

 

Since 2010, over 1400 participants have attended my workshops and photo coaching sessions. Being able to teach beginners as well as professionals something new motivates me immensely.