For more than 15 years I dedicate myself to photography. In the early years, when there was no digital, film was expensive and shooting was different. It took some time to have film developed and in order to use it in the web you had to scan it. Digital was as a kind of revolution. Photos were available immediately and this came in very handy for using the photos in the web or sending them by email. My first digital camera I got back in the old millenium and it had a resolution of just 1.3 megapixels. That was no competition to the quality you got from film, but it was great for many purposes. With my next camera, a Kodak with some 2.3 megapixels, I could already print beautiful 30×20 cm prints and when it came to a 6 megapixel NIKON D-SLR, I discarded film almost entirely. The possibilities were infinite and the number of photos I took started to take off exponentially.

With the latest cameras available today, even Full-HD filming has become part of digital photography. There are countless cameras models available on the market, from compact cameras to professional D-SLRs. Furthermore cellphones are not only telephones anymore, they are full-scale computers, photo and video cameras, PDAs, eBook readers, handheld game consoles, all in one device. With digital cameras ubiquitous, the number of photos taken worldwide every year has reached the multi-billion mark a long time ago. While some photos are uploaded and shared on websites, only a few are actually printed and most photos end up on a harddisk or remain on a cellphone or memory card, and people never look at them again.

However, despite the fact that digital cameras have made shooting much easier, it seems as if the number of really good photos around has not increased dramatically. This and the fact that there are people with very expensive gear shooting poor photos actually gave me a lot of incentive. I learned a long time ago that it is not so important whether you have a top of the range camera or some reasonably good compact camera. Even with a 200 USD compact camera I took great photos because the moment was right, the situation was right and I shot at the right time. Of course, good gear can help, but you need to know how to use it and even then, vision, creativity and dedication to the objective are more important.

You are invited to take a look at some of my photos in the gallery to get an idea about my vision and works.

Andreas Prange  /  Photography