This week on Prodibi let's talk about Architecture & Photography!
Our photographer of the week: Christian Theile is fond of searching amazing graphic places to photograph! Discover his tips, secrets, and philosophy.
A few words about you? Explain me a little bit how did you start photography?
Hello my name is Christian from Munich Germany and I’m working at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. I love to travel to beautiful places around the world and photography gives me the possibility to freeze a lot of magical moments.
In my whole life I’ve been shooting landscapes and some macro stuff. But more and more, I realized that my love of symmetry, lines, and forms bring me to architecture. I have been shooting cityscapes and architecture for 8 years and I love staircases. Friends of mine told me that my work looks really professional but I’m very critical of myself, that I think that I’m more a semi-professional.
What is your philosophy about Architecture Photography and why is it your predilection style?
- For example, staircases are often seen as a boring place! But this is not true because a lot of people don’t understand why I want to take a picture of a staircase?! Stairs are the last thing that would come to mind if someone asks me about my photo subjects, but then I explain to them what I want to do. I do no capture Stairs photography but the endless forms and colors and I want to show how unique Stairs and extraordinary architecture can be.
Do you take another type of photography like portrait, landscape, nature?
- At the moment my focus is on architecture and staircases. But if I’m on a trip to a small island or in the mountains then I will take a picture of beautiful scenery too.
About your photography gear. What is your favorite photography equipment? If you would have to choose one lens, what would it be and why?
Everything started with a second hand Canon DSLR 400 and a 18-55mm lens. Because my technical requirement grew, the wish to get a better gear came. I bought a new Camera, the Canon 60D and my first wide angle 10-22mm and also a 24-105mm, for my next level in Photography. After 4 years I changed my gear again into a full frame camera system and new lenses. Now I am really happy with my Canon 5D mark III and my Zeiss 18mm, my Canon fisheye 8-15mm and a Canon 24-70mm.
If I have to choose one lens, then I would take my 18mm Zeiss Lens. Because it’s small and not too heavy (perfect for all this undercover "freehand" shooted stuff) I love it! But a nearly perfect all-rounder is a Canon 16-35mm 4L zoom lens with stabilization and autofocus. It can be a great helper in lowlight situations.
What make you choose a location for a photoshoot? Do you make location spotting before?
- To find nice and extraordinary architecture in my town and everywhere I have to use the internet for searching. The very good stuff is mostly hidden so it’s very important to make a research before. That’s very challenging me and it is only 50% of the job. Next step is to come in. Sometimes you get an "okay" if you ask, but often you get a "no way", then you have to find another way to come in! For a good spot, I never give up!
Do you have photography project for the future (exhibition etc...)
- For the future I’m going to visit the Scandinavians area. Because I like the minimalism, straight and clear architecture there. And who knows, if I find a suitable gallery for my exhibition in Munich to show huge prints, so yes… I would love to show my work on huge high-quality prints.
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