Fotobuch - Review von Saal Digital

Hallo ihr Lieben, 

heute mal ausnahmsweise in Deutsch, weil der Hersteller Saal Digital, dessen Fotobuch ich getestet habe, in Deutschland sitzt. 

Vor einer Weile hatte ich also die Chance, ein Fotobuch von Saal Digital zu testen. Da ich mein letztes Portfolio-Buch schon vor einer Weile hatte drucken lassen und meine neuesten Fotos immer gerne bei Ausstellungen zum Anschauen in Buchform mit dabei habe, habe ich natürlich sofort mitgemacht!

Im Folgenden erfahrt ihr im Detail, wie ich Software, Lieferung, Qualität und Kundendienst bewerte!

Details

Für meinen Test habe ich mich für folgendes Fotobuch entschieden: 

Fotobuch 28 x 19 cm (A4 quer)
Cover: matt, unwattiert
Innenseiten: matt, 46 Seiten

Mein letztes Fotobuch (auch von Saal Digital) war quadratisch, da ich ja viele quadratische Fotos mache. Das führte dazu, dass ich alle nicht quadratischen Fotos, die ich ebenfalls im Buch haben wollte, beschneiden musste, was ich im Nachhinein schade fand. Deswegen wollte ich dieses Mal lieber ein Format, bei dem verschiedene Fotoformate möglich sind. 

Software & Gestaltung

Ich bestelle schon seit vielen Jahren verschiedenes über Saal Digital und kenne mich daher mit der Software gut aus. Wer noch nie dort bestellt hat (was ich Euch generell sehr empfehlen kann!), kann sich hier kostenlos die Software herunterladen. Ich finde die Handhabung sehr einfach und selbsterklärend.

Um ein Fotobuch zu bestellen, wählt man als erstes bei den Produkten das Fotobuch und dann zwischen verschiedenen Materialien aus. 

Auswahl zwischen den verschiedenen Materialien 

Dann kann man zwischen verschiedenen Größen wählen - das letzte Mal hatte ich z.B. das Format 19 x 19 cm gewählt, was auch sehr schön ist. Dieses Mal ist es wie gesagt 28 x 19 cm geworden. 

Auswahl zwischen den verschiedenen Größen

Hat man sich erstmal für eine Größe entschieden, ist es eigentlich ganz einfach. Man kann dann noch abschließend entscheiden, welche Art von Cover bzw. Cover-Wattierung man möchte und ob eine Geschenkverpackung gewünscht ist. Die bei 26 Seiten beginnende Seitenanzahl kann man auch während dem Gestaltungsvorgang jederzeit ganz leicht ändern. 

Auswahl zwischen den verschiedenen Cover-Möglichkeiten

Als nächsten Schritt kann man entweder ein sogenannte Leere Vorlage oder andere Designs auswählen. Ich persönlich habe mich bisher immer für die Leere Vorlage entschieden, weil ich oft während der Gestaltung noch Dinge ändern möchte und vor allem selbst entscheiden will, auf welche Weise meine Fotos angeordnet sind. 

Auswahl zwischen den verschiedenen Design-Möglichkeiten 

Nun beginnt der Teil, der mir am meisten Spaß macht - man füllt sein Buch mit seinen Fotos, Texten etc. und ordnet alles so an, wie man es am schönsten findet. 

Beginn der Gestaltung des Fotobuchs

Die Gestaltung beginnt immer mit dem Cover, also der Vorder- bzw. Rückseite, und dann arbeitet man sich durch die einzelnen Bilder durch. In der linken Spalte sieht man die Fotos, die man z. B. auf dem Desktop schon im Vorfeld für das Buch ausgewählt hat. In der rechten Spalte kann man bei Bedarf verschiedene Designs, Hintergründe und Clipart auswählen und einbauen. Im oberen Teil kann man Rahmen und Texte hinzufügen, das Buch in verschiedenen Modi betrachten oder das Ganze als Projekt speichern. Wie man sieht, ist also alles relativ selbsterklärend. Ich finde die Software sehr gut und arbeite sehr gerne damit!

Lieferung

Generell ist Saal Digital extrem schnell mit der Lieferung, was mich jedes Mal von Neuem begeistert! Schon öfters war ich mit meiner Bestellung eher knapp dran, wenn ich z. B. Fotos für eine Ausstellung noch spontan geändert habe, und meine Bestellung kam immer rechtzeitig an. So auch in diesem Fall, das Buch war nach 3 Tagen da. Das Buch selbst war in eine Art Schaumstoff-Ummantelung eingeschlagen und wurde in einem dicken Pappumschlag versendet. 

Qualität

Cover meines Portfolio Buchs

Rückseite meines Portfolio Buchs

Gleich beim Auspacken merkt man: das Buch fühlt sich gut an. Man nimmt es gerne in die Hand und blättert es durch. Der Hintergrund des Covers sieht aus wie Textil, ist aber nur ein Druck. Dadurch ist es unempfindlich, wirkt aber edel. Wie oben erwähnt habe ich mich für ein mattes Hardcover entschieden, da ich matt generell schöner als glänzend finde. Es sieht wie erwartet sehr schön aus! Aufgrund der Schaumstoff-Verpackung gibt es auch keinerlei Kratzer o.ä. - das Buch sieht toll aus! Bei Saal Digital gibt es auch keine störenden Logos - außer dem kleinen Barcode auf der Rückseite links unten. Auf den würde ich auch lieber verzichten, da es in meinen Augen nicht 100% professionell wirkt, aber es wird sich vermutlich nicht anders lösen lassen. 

Die ersten beiden Seiten im Buch - die linke Seite ist auf die Rückseite des Covers geklebt 

Beim Durchblättern merkt man gleich die hohe Qualität der Bindung. Das gefällt mir bei den Fotobüchern von Saal Digital am besten - man kann die Seiten komplett aufklappen und verliert so nicht einen Teil des Fotos durch den Falz des Buchs. So könnte man beispielweise auch Fotos so gestalten, dass sie sich über zwei Seiten erstrecken, ohne dass dabei etwas vom Bild verloren geht. Was mir nicht so gut gefällt ist der direkte Übergang von Cover zu erster Seite. Hier gibt es keine Zwischenseiten, sondern dafür müsste man schon beim Gestalten einer seiner Seiten aufgeben, um das zu vermeiden. Meine Kontaktdaten sind somit direkt auf die Rückseite des Covers geklebt und das Buch beginnt dann direkt mit meiner Vita auf der ersten Seite. Da wäre es in Zukunft vielleicht besser, wenn Saal Digital das von Vornherein anders löst und die erste Seite automatisch leer bleibt. Oder man muss das eben bei der Gestaltung entsprechend beachten. 

Auch dunkle Farben kommen bei dem Druck sehr schön raus

Viele meiner Fotos sind ja eher dunkel und deren Qualität ist immer ein wichtiger Test für mich beim Druck. Man sieht aber hier sehr schön, dass auch dunkle Farben sehr gut rauskommen und kein Bildverlust stattfindet. Die Bilder sehen so aus, wie ich sie am Computer sehe und sind weder extrem übersaturiert (was bei anderen Herstellern schon mal vorkommt) noch fehlt ihnen Kontrast. Auch die Papierqualität ist sehr hochwertig und selbst nach dem Durchblättern durch viele Hände bei der letzten Kunstmesse sieht das Buch immer noch genauso schön aus, d.h. keine Fingerabdrücke oder ähnliches sind zu sehen. 

Auch quadratische Fotos wirken bei diesem Format sehr gut!

Dieses Mal wollte ich ja wie gesagt verschiedene Formate in meinem Portfolio Buch unterbringen und man sieht, auch quadratische Fotos wirken sehr gut. Man muss hier bei der Gestaltung natürlich unterschiedliche Rahmen anlegen, aber ich bin froh, mich für diese Art der Gestaltung des Buchs entschieden zu haben. 

Die letzten beiden Seiten - die rechte ist schon auf die Rückseite des Buchs geklebt 

Auch bei den letzten beiden Seiten muss man wieder bedenken, dass die letzte Seite direkt auf die Rückseite des Covers geklebt wird. Die letzte Seite sollte also am besten frei gelassen werden! Auch hier befindet sich nochmal ein kleiner Barcode unten rechts, auf den ich lieber verzichten würde. Da sich auf dieser Seite aber zumindest in meinem Fall keine Fotos befinden, stört er nicht wirklich. 

Kundendienst

Wie das aber auch mal passieren kann, war bei mir bei zwei Fotos ein Farbfehler zu sehen, der so zumindest am Computer für mich nicht ersichtlich war. Als ich dem Kundendienst das nach Erhalt des Fotobuchs schrieb, bekam ich eine sehr hilfreiche Anleitung, wie man diese zwei Fotos auf bestimmte Weise vor dem Drucken anpassen kann, um das zu vermeiden. Des Weiteren wurde mir ermöglicht, das Buch nochmal mit den zwei geänderten Fotos kostenlos nachzubestellen, was ich wirklich sehr nett fand! Hut ab vor dem kompetenten Kundendienst! 

Schöne Farben - vor allem nach der Korrektur des rechten Fotos meinerseits 

Fazit

Ich bin mit dem Fotobuch sehr zufrieden. Die Gestaltung ist durch die übersichtliche Software einfach zu erledigen, die Qualität des Buchs ist hoch, der Druck wirklich schön und die "flache" Bindung in meinen Augen perfekt. Und wenn dann noch der Kundendienst passt, was will man mehr? Wer also noch kein Fotobuch hat und schon länger plant eines zu bestellen, dem kann ich Saal Digital wärmstens empfehlen! 

Alles Liebe, 
Andrea

This was 2015!

Hi everyone, 

it has become a bit quiet on my blog in the past year but life just seemed to pass by so quickly this year and even though I planned to post something several times, I never did in the end. So it is the last day of 2015 and here I am with my review of the past year. 2015 was a year of changes. It was good year but also full of worry, changes, wonderful moments, love and turbulent times. I met lots of wonderful new people and had some personal changes towards the end of the year. I am VERY excited for 2016 and cannot wait for the new year to start!

In January, I met my friend Michi from Michael Färber Photography for the first time and we had a killer shooting with our model Jessica on the coldest day of the year when it snowed from morning to evening. I got some really great photos (one of which, "The fluorescent light of day" turned out to be one of my most successful images so far!) but as a result of the terrible cold, I got super sick and even had to be in the hospital for almost a week. The way we suffer for art...

"The fluorescent light of day"

"The cold winter air"

"A winter wonder"

"Falling snowflakes"

In February I met my friend Anne from Anne Puhlmann Photography for a quick shooting but it was too cold to stay outside for long and we decided to rather have hot chocolate! 

"One day we will be stars"

February was also the start of my project "The Dreamers" which shows people in nature carrying around their dreams in water-filled balloons in which a water creature swims which connects somehow to them. Almost everything you see in the photo is real (except for the fish or other water creatures because that would be cruel) and I always talk to the model about which water creature they have a connection with. The model for my first photo "Dreams of a better life" was my former intern and good friend Andrés Sichel who you might remember from last year. 

"Dreams of a better life"

close up of the balloon

close up of the balloon

In March, I had another shooting with Andrés - something I had wanted to do for a long time already! He put make-up on himself and turned himself into a very cool skeleton! I was so impressed at his skills! The rest of the month was spent with editing photos from shootings I had before. 

"Till death do us part"

In April, lots of great things happened!! Meetups, a huge art far and not to forget my gold medal...

A whole bunch of us (photographers as well as models) met in Stuttgart for a few hours of shooting and fun together! I got to meet lots of new people but also see some people again who I love dearly! It was a great day with lots of wonderful photos as a result! 

"Woodland creature"

"Woodland creature"

"The magical gardens"

"Rebel"

"The hiding place"

"Spring Flower"

"Forest nymph"

"Tenderness"

"Sensitive soul"

"Little deer"

"What remains"

A bunch of our group!

A bunch of our group!

At the meetup in Stuttgart I also met the wonderful and sweet Ponny from Seelenkind for the first time and we had another shooting still in April then. She is a really kind soul and great model and I am very sad that she moved to Hamburg in autumn. During the shooting, I took my second photo in my tree series and also my second photo for my project "The Dreamers"!

"Cherry Blossom"

"The Guardian"

"Lead the way"

close up of the balloon 

close up of the balloon 

In April, I was furthermore contacted that my photo "The fluorescent light of day" had won one of the precious "Gold Medals of Excellence" at the world famous photo art contest Trierenberg Super Circuit! I was beyond excited to be one of the winners! 

"The fluorescent light of day"

The end of April and beginning of May was also the time for the well-known Urban Art Fair STROKE where I was exhibiting together with my artist colleagues Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow and Michaela Wühr. The fair was 5 days long and extremely busy! Thousands of people visited, talked to us and bought postcards and prints. It was super fun (and super stressful) and I had the best time! I was also lovingly supported by my boyfriend and my friends Lisa from LMK and her boyfriend Marius

STROKE 2015 

STROKE 2015 

Photos by Mariusz Becker

Photos by Mariusz Becker

While preparing for the STROKE 2015, I was contacted by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as one of a few artists exhibiting and asked to create a photo for them just for that occasion. It was very last minute and I found a model who was kind enough to model for me the next day. Alina was great but I wish there had been less sun on that day because I prefer to shoot on a cloudy day. Still, I am happy with the photos. 

"Searching for what is lost"

"Bringer of peace"

While Lisa was still here, I also asked her to model for me using my new prism! 

"I only dream of you"

Two weeks after the STROKE Art Fair took place, I exhibited at another art fair - the ARTMUC 2015. It was also for a few days and lots of visitors came by, sometimes recognising me from the STROKE a couple of weeks before. 

ARTMUC 2015

ARTMUC 2015

The rest of the month I spent with my boyfriend in Portugal where we had the best time! A well deserved break was much needed after the stress of two busy art fairs! 

Sesimbra, May 2015

Sesimbra, May 2015

June came and so did Lisa from LMK! She only managed to be here for 22 hours in total but we took so many great photos in that short time! I am so grateful for her as a friend and model! We spent the first day in a park area outside of Munich and the second day at and in Starnberg lake.

"The Silence"

"Marks on her skin"

"Marks on her skin"

"Moonlight swimmer"

"Moonlight swimmer"

"A myriad of stars"

"Farewell to summer"

In July I met up with Lindsey for a shooting. I had asked her during the STROKE (where she was a visitor) if she would like to model for me some time and she said yes. 

"The magic within"

"Dreamcatcher"

Later in July I went to Saxony for the big meetup of photographers and models! I met so many wonderful people there and found lots of new great models! We spent four days there in a house at the beginning of a national park and I just had the best time! Among the people there were the photographers and models Mondmädchen, Esprit Confus, Elisabeth Mochner, Imaginarie, Mathilda Renoir, Greatbigwhale, Kettenkarussell, Ronja Malou, Paula Ohmann, Sturmideenkind, Atemlos Träumen, Marilla Muriel, VulpeculharSeelenkind and several more! 

I took lots of different photos there - several nudes among other things - and really liked finding a new field in photography which I enjoyed a lot! I still have so many photos from that meetup to edit which I will post in 2016 then. 

"I hunger for your touch"

"When the night came"

"The stars in your eyes"

"The Embrace"

"Wanderlust"

"The Wind Whisperer"

"Birdsong"

"Shelter"

"Washed ashore"

In August, I went to visit my friend Moritz from Moritz Aust Photography. I spent a few days there and Lisa from LMK also came by most of the time. We took photos together, experimented and took a day trip to Bamberg together. Since it was a very hot week, it was difficult to take photos during the day and I battled with the sun. I still have a few photos from that time to edit as well. 

"Ophelia"

"Fragments"

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Later in August Seelenkind and me organised a meetup in Munich to which lots of models and photographers came. Among them were Michael Färber Photography, Korbinian Vogt, Cate Red, Michelle September Photography, Lisa Anselm, Sandra Singh, Spiegellicht, Mimik PhotographyJoann Janin. We spent the day shooting in different locations around town and then had a wonderful BBQ by the river organised by Seelenkind and her boyfriend. It was such a lovely day with so many great friends and new people! Again, I still have got a ton of photos from that day!!

"Fine lines"

"Chasing rainbows"

"Asylum"

Our meetup group

Our meetup group

In September several exhibitions took place - the yearly art exhibition in Bad Wörishofen where I already exhibited last year, the Art Week in Bad Wörishofen and the exhibition Pygmalion which took place in the APR rooms in a great location in Munich.   

Bad Wörishofen 2015

Bad Wörishofen 2015

Pygmalion exhibition 

Pygmalion exhibition 

I also had a very cool shooting with the very talented Jasmin Quan. We spent a few hours together in Munich and decided to shoot again and more elaborate some time but have not found time so far to repeat it. 

October came and with it the Gala Night of the Trierenberg Supercircuit! It took place in Linz, Austria and I went there with my boyfriend to collect my Gold Medal of Excellence! It was a fantastic night, much cooler than I could have imagined! Before the show, I had to fetch my medal and then I had to go on stage to answer a question about my art in front of all these people. There were so many great photos which they showed during the show on stage and all the winners had to go on stage. There were photographers from all over the world - from South Africa, Australia, Italy, China... it was a really great night! After the show there was a wonderful buffet and you had a chance to talk to the other photographers. One of our table neighbours and winners of the same medal as mine was the lovely Bella von Einsiedel who was there with her partner Anja. Together, they are BellAnjaPhotography. We got on so well and it was such a pleasure to get to know them! In addition to the gala night, here was also a huge exhibition of some of the winning photos and other photos chosen by the jury - 3 of my photos was exhibited which made me very happy!

Collecting my medal before the show 

Collecting my medal before the show 

The hall with the stage and tables

The hall with the stage and tables

On Stage - I am the 5th from the left :)

On Stage - I am the 5th from the left :)

Half of the photo exhibition 

Half of the photo exhibition 

Bella and me with two of our exhibited photos

Bella and me with two of our exhibited photos

I also had a really great shooting with Daniel Riedl and Cate Red in that month. Daniel asked me to take photos of a model wearing a wig he had made. We discussed what we could do and where and I suggested Cate as a model. It was a really great experience to work together with those two! The first setup was his idea and the second one mine.

"The Offering"

"The lost dreams"

My former intern and friend Andrés Sichel also came back to Munich for a short time and even though we unfortunately didn't see each other often, we had one shooting together where he assisted me and did the hair and make-up of the model. It was a really fun shooting with him and my awesome model Lena who drove for a few hours to model for me that day! I have not edited all photos from that day yet but love the ones I posted so far! 

"Homeland"

"Dreamland"

At the end of the month, I exhibited at another art fair - the STROKE Ltd. in Munich! I shared a wall with my artist colleagues Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow and Michaela Wühr again but this time we also shared our concept. We created three group pieces which had a topic and color scheme each. One of us was alsways the creator of the middle piece and then the other two artists had to come up with fitting side pieces to complement the middle piece. I had my images printed on wood for the first time and the reaction was VERY positive! People loved it, esp. with the square one. My images are the first middle, second left and third right by the way. 

Our booth at STROKE Ltd.

Most of November was spent in South Africa with my boyfriend and his family. Family time was much needed and most enjoyed. And something really wonderful happened as well while we were there - we got engaged!! We will get married in 2016 - not quite sure if in Germany or in South Africa or both yet!

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

In December I was super happy to have the spontaneous opportunity to meet Rob Woodcox who was in Munich for 2 days! Laura Zalenga organised it and there were 8 of us who met up to hang out, explore Munich and its Christmas markets, check out Nymphenburg castle and have burgers. It was such a fun time!

"Your heartbeat matches my own"

Enjoying mulled wine at a Xmas market in Munich

Enjoying mulled wine at a Xmas market in Munich

A few days later I left Munich for a meetup of meetup fun in Leipzig! I spent the night on the way at my photographer friend Lia from Liancary and then early the next morning we continued to Leipzig together. Our group took photos in Leipzig on Saturday and then in a studio on Sunday. I have not managed to edit more than the one photo from that meetup but I have a few left still. It was so great to see Esprit Confus, Mondmädchen, Jott, Vulpeculahr, Paula Ohmann, Mathilda Renoir, Hanna K. and Andreas again and get to meet Nora Scholz Photography, Victor Hamke, Martin Neuhof, Marwin, Lara Anouk and several others! 

"Your skin smells like the sea"

About half our group having Vietnamese dinner in Leipzig

About half our group having Vietnamese dinner in Leipzig

So, this was my 2015. How was yours like? What did you create or experience? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

Love,
Andrea

Lisbon & Sesimbra - a vacation in Portugal

Hi everyone, 

It's been a while and I wanted to give you a little update of what I have been up to lately! 

After participating in two huge art fairs here in Munich in April and May - the STROKE and the ARTMUC -  I was ready for a proper vacation so my boyfriend and me went to Portugal! We fell so in love with the country even though we have not seen so much yet. We stayed in Lisbon for a few days and then in Sesimbra - which is about 45 minutes away. 

If you want to get a little impression of what it was like there, I hope you enjoy these photos!

All the best, 
Andrea :)

The high narrow dark building is the Santa Just Lift which was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel!

The high narrow dark building is the Santa Just Lift which was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel!

Santa Just Lift

Santa Just Lift

The Tejo River and the 25 de Abril bridge in the background

The Tejo River and the 25 de Abril bridge in the background

Staying hydrated in the heat

Staying hydrated in the heat

Preparation in Alfama for the feast of St. Anthony days

Preparation in Alfama for the feast of St. Anthony days

One of the beautiful houses in Alfama, Lisbon

One of the beautiful houses in Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

The famous tram 28 - taken from our apartment kitchen window :)

The famous tram 28 - taken from our apartment kitchen window :)

Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

One of the yummy Pasteis de Nata!

One of the yummy Pasteis de Nata!

Pineapple & Mint Juice and a Cappuccino at a lovely vegan café in Alfama, Lisbon

Pineapple & Mint Juice and a Cappuccino at a lovely vegan café in Alfama, Lisbon

The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belém

Some of the many tasty pastries and tarts we tried 

Some of the many tasty pastries and tarts we tried 

The view from our flat in Sesimbra

The view from our flat in Sesimbra

First time at the beach this year!

First time at the beach this year!

Watermelon Ice Cream! 

Watermelon Ice Cream! 

Sesimbra's picturesque beauty

Sesimbra's picturesque beauty

We ate fish every day in one of the wonderful little fish restaurants :)

We ate fish every day in one of the wonderful little fish restaurants :)

Sesimbra's alleys

Sesimbra's alleys

The entrance to Sesimbra's Moorish castle

The entrance to Sesimbra's Moorish castle

The castle is merely ruins now...

The castle is merely ruins now...

...but we loved it up there!

...but we loved it up there!

I wished I had had a model with me there!

I wished I had had a model with me there!

There is also a church and a cemetery up there

There is also a church and a cemetery up there

Sesimbra from above

Sesimbra from above

Azoia

Azoia

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

One of my favourite things to eat there - Bolo de Aroz - similar to a muffin but made of rice flour!

One of my favourite things to eat there - Bolo de Aroz - similar to a muffin but made of rice flour!

Capela da Memória

Capela da Memória

The Lighthouse of Cabo Espichel

The Lighthouse of Cabo Espichel

I loved the wild beauty of the landscape there!

I loved the wild beauty of the landscape there!

Flightless Bird

Hi everyone, 

I have been very busy lately but I still wanted to show you a series of photos I only edited today. These were taken during the wonderful and productive meetup recently during which I also took the series "Tales of Fog and Fairies"

Thank you to the beautiful Mimi for letting me put coal on her face and for being a wonderful model. <3

Hope you like them as much as I do. 

All the best, 
Andrea

P.S. The second photo is also on my Flickr stream now. 

 

This was BASSart 2014...

Hi everyone, 

Last Friday and Saturday it was finally time for BASSart Festival 2014 to take place!!

I was sharing my booth with my talented artist friend Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow who does wonderful paintings and whose work I love! Friday was a bit more quiet still but Saturday lots of visitors came and enjoyed all the wonderful things BASSart had to offer - there was lots of different kinds of music in different places to dance to and enjoy, you could watch dance contests and movies, have a drink with friends, watch the skaters do crazy tricks or enjoy great food.

I was there both nights until late, talking to visitors and my artist friends as well as making paper poppies for an upcoming shoot together with my great assistant Andreas Sichel (who also took these photos here). 

Thank you to everyone who came and made our night awesome!! 

Best, 
Andrea

Making paper poppies all night long... :D

Making paper poppies all night long... :D

Tales of Fog and Fairies

Hi everyone, 

I spent the last 3 days at a meetup with 13 wonderful photographers in a tiny village 5 hours from Munich where we were surrounded by fields and forests. On the second day, we woke up to fog in the fields by our house and it stayed with us all day. I went out with the beautiful Hanna König early in the morning and shot this series "Tales of Fog and Fairies". I posted one of them on Flickr as well but wanted to show you more of the series. 

Hope you like the photos as much as I do! 

Best,
Andrea

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Current Group Exhibition "Jetzt: Fotomuc - Junge Fotografen und ihr Blick auf die Welt"

Hi everyone, 

Yesterday was the opening night for my current group exhibition "Jetzt: Fotomuc - Junge Fotografen und ihr Blick auf die Welt". It is taking place from 20-30 October in the Lackiererei in Munich. 11 young photographers are showing their art from 7 pm on every night. 

There are different events happening every night so I advise you to come by on any of the nights to enjoy the art and live music or whatever is planned for that night. If you want to see the events, have a look here

All the best,
Andrea

The photos shown here are taken by my current intern and big help Andreas Sichel

My three photos "The Birds of Spring", "The way to the stars" and "The Ascension"

My three photos "The Birds of Spring", "The way to the stars" and "The Ascension"

Talking to my friend and talented artist Anne Puhlmann

Talking to my friend and talented artist Anne Puhlmann

The photos of Laura Holder (left) and Laura Zalenga (right)

The photos of Laura Holder (left) and Laura Zalenga (right)

The wonderful photos of Anne Puhlmann

The wonderful photos of Anne Puhlmann

Talking about art with visitors

Talking about art with visitors

Opening night at Lackiererei 

Opening night at Lackiererei 

Opening night at Lackiererei 

Opening night at Lackiererei 

Some of the 11 artists exhibiting (including me at the top right)

Some of the 11 artists exhibiting (including me at the top right)

Visual Stories @ Kunst in Sendling

Hi everyone, 

Last weekend I spent most of of my time at my exhibition "Visual Stories". The exhibition was part of the art event Kunst in Sendling which was taking place over the weekend.

About 100 artists were participating in the 3-day event in Munich and my exhibition was also part of it. I was helped by my current intern Andreas Sichel who also took all of the photos in this blog post since I was busy talking to people and giving little tours through the exhibition. 

On Day 1 about 90 visitors came to the exhibition and I had lots of really nice conversations. I particularly loved hearing which photo is the favourite of my visitors and why they love that particular one the most. I also gave lots of smaller and larger tours which I absolutely doing. 

Day 1 - one of my first guests was my wonderful fellow photographer friend Anna Heimkreiter

Day 1 - one of my first guests was my wonderful fellow photographer friend Anna Heimkreiter

It's always fun watching visitors trying to figure out which direction of the the photo would also work

It's always fun watching visitors trying to figure out which direction of the the photo would also work

Explaining my art 

Explaining my art 

Lots of visitors!

Lots of visitors!

Explaining "Surrendering"

Explaining "Surrendering"

Sarah from Munich Artists taking my photo for their instagram

Sarah from Munich Artists taking my photo for their instagram

My big help and current intern Andreas Sichel and me at the exhibition 

My big help and current intern Andreas Sichel and me at the exhibition 

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Day 2 brought about 100 people to the exhibition and again, there were lots of great conversations and interested visitors. I gave many smaller tours and a large tour to a group of 18 people which was great! I also got lots of good feedback on my art. 

I cannot wait for my next solo exhibition!

Thank you everyone who came! If you did not make it this past weekend, the exhibition is still on until 7 November from 9 am - 9 pm during the week and on the weekends if there are courses in the house. 

All the best, 
Andrea

More visitors on Day 2!

More visitors on Day 2!

Looking very closely!

Looking very closely!

My largest group to give a tour to

My largest group to give a tour to

My largest group to give a tour to

My largest group to give a tour to

Explaining "The Ascension" and the idea behind it

Explaining "The Ascension" and the idea behind it

Explaining "It's all so far away" and the idea behind it

Explaining "It's all so far away" and the idea behind it

"In the early morning hours"

"In the early morning hours"

Another admirer of "The Tea Party"

Another admirer of "The Tea Party"

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Opening night of my exhibition "Visual Stories"

Hi everyone, 

Last night was the opening night of my current solo exhibition "Visual Stories" in the gallery eigenArt at the VHS Harras in Munich. In this blog post, I want to show you a few photos from the event, taken by my current intern Andreas Sichel

The exhibition will still be on until 7 November but I will not be there most of the time. If you want to come by and talk to me, I will be there from 2 - 10 pm on October 11 and 2 - 7 pm on October 12 for Kunst in Sendling. I would love to see a few familiar faces! :D

All the best, 
Andrea

Before the visitors came :)

Before the visitors came :)

Greeting friends coming to see my art

Greeting friends coming to see my art

Getting a very nice introduction by the organiser Mrs Heigl from the VHS

Getting a very nice introduction by the organiser Mrs Heigl from the VHS

Getting a very nice introduction by the organiser Mrs Heigl from the VHS

Getting a very nice introduction by the organiser Mrs Heigl from the VHS

Explaining one of my pieces, "The way to the stars"

Explaining one of my pieces, "The way to the stars"

Explaining one of my pieces, "The way to the stars"

Explaining one of my pieces, "The way to the stars"

Light & Distortion - A new series

Hi everyone, 

I promised you a few more photos in my last post about underwater photography. This is a series from the same day that is very dear to me because it makes me incredibly happy to look at them. The play of the light on skin and the slightly surreal touch to the natural distortion are something that fascinates me completely! I would love to see them hang in a gallery one day. 

I hope you like them!

Love, 
Andre

Water and Light

Hi everyone, 

As promised yesterday in my blog post about underwater photography, here is a selection of photos from my first underwater shooting two days ago! I wanted to show you different things here - finer details as well as wider angle photos. 

The above ones are all from the second set we shot underwater! Then we went down a third time and tried different camera settings...

I also asked Anne to take photos of me with my camera in the case but the camera did not seem to like her so much so unfortunately only two photos worked out. 

Have I mentioned that I love being in the water so much? I must have mermaid genes...

So to save the best thing for last...these two are my favourite ones so far! 

"You call me out upon the waters"

I hope you like them! I have two more series from this day that I will post soon!

Love, 
Andrea

P.S. If you want to see a better version of "You call me out upon the waters", go here

Underwater Photography

Hi everyone, 

Sorry for not posting anything on this blog for so long. As my closer friends and followers know, my mum passed away about 3 months ago and I had to take a break for a while. 

Now I am back and excited to show you something new!! Yesterday I had my first attempt at underwater photography and for the ones of you who always wanted to try it and never dared (like me), I wanted to tell you about my experiences and why I instantly fell in love with it. 

There are several brands who offer underwater housings. You have to make a decision if you want to buy a hard case or a soft one. Whatever choice you make, I would recommend buying a known brand with good reviews and not something cheap from ebay because after all you will be putting your precious camera into the water! ;) The one I used yesterday for the first time is this one from DiCaPac and I can totally recommend it! I would advise you strongly to test it for possible leakage before putting your camera under water though. As you can see in the photo, I put a few kitchen towels into it and put it under water first to see if any water got in. 

My DiCaPac WP-S10 ready for action :D

My DiCaPac WP-S10 ready for action :D

I did some research and read about what other people did when doing underwater photogrpahy before I drove to the lake but realised quickly that I have to make my own experiences with regard to settings, setup and everything else. 

I had brought several dresses to the lake and quickly decided on a specific one. I tested the case, set my camera to automatic focus and then tried to decide what the manual settings should be. I knew I wanted my model to be in focus but also that not that much light would be available under water so I went for f 5.0. My shutter speed was 1/1600 and I put my ISO to 250 since I was not sure if it was necessary at all - the water seemed quite bright (you can see the sunshine and how opaque the water was in the photo above). So we went into the water (which fortunately was not that cold) and I explained to my model (the lovely Anne from Anne Puhlmann Photography) what poses I had in mind. We counted to three and both went underwater. 

Anne going into the water - at this point not THAT many people were watching us yet ;)

Anne going into the water - at this point not THAT many people were watching us yet ;)

I quickly realised that the camera behaves completely different under water and that it is hard to tell if the shutter exactly clicked. You basically have to keep your finger on the shutter button and hope for the best... at least that seemed to work best for me!

After a few minutes - during which Anne unfortunately realised that she cannot deal with having her head under water which meant that some of my ideas could not be realised with her - we went outside to check the photos. They were...let's say they were not exactly what I had in mind. In the sunlight we could basically not see anything on the camera, just a green-brown muddy water with something shadowy. I managed to recover the two images below with quite a bit editing and while I like them, I wanted to get better images than that. 

Our first attempt

Our first attempt

Our first attempt

Our first attempt

I had a feeling that the settings on my camera were not quite right yet and decided to try again with slightly different settings. This time I set my camera to f 4.0, put my ISO back down to 100 and set my shutter speed to 1/1250. We went back into the water and tried another time. And this time it worked much better! I was already really happy with the results! 

Beautiful light play on her arm 

Beautiful light play on her arm 

My love for light rays is infinite!

My love for light rays is infinite!

So after that we went down many many times! I think all in all we were in the water for 2 hours and ended up shivering like crazy and having to sit in the sun for an hour to warm up again ;) I took a few more photos with the before-mentioned settings and then in the end settled for        f 5.0, ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/2000. For this particular location (completely opaque lake and bright sunlight) this seemed to work best. 

My advice is to try different settings and not shoot straight for a long time without checking if your settings actually result in the kind of photos you want. Experiment, try different locations in the water that are brighter or darker, deeper or more shallow. Try some photos half under water and half over the water. And most important: HAVE FUN!!!

I had the most fun in a long time yesterday and am hooked on underwater photography now! I cannot wait to shoot more photos under water so if you have a pool that I can use, let me know! :D

Half over the water / Half underwater :)

Half over the water / Half underwater :)

I have many many photos and different series that we tried to show from yesterday's session and will do several blog posts to show you some of them! :) 

Stay with me if you want to see them! 

Love, 
Andrea

P.S. Here is a little preview of a series that could easily be my favourite from yesterday. More to come soon!

My blue series

My blue series