Hello, I am Holger Heinz and I love to take photos.
From the analogue age to the digital
During a short analogue time I did my first steps of exposure time and aperture with the Canon AE-1 of my father. In these times I got the sense of the treasure of a photo. If you pay more than 10 euro cents for a photo according to today’s standards you think twice, before you take a photo. Anyway, the best photos are created in the head and not in the camera. A photo out of the imagination with a little experience and knowledge about your own camera saves many deleted photos and thus a lot of time in post-processing.
And even if mobile phones are becoming increasingly popular for photography: my favorite remains the full-blown single lense reflex.
In the year 2006 I finally could afford my long-awaited DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera: the Canon EOS 20D. And despite the size. this camera has been a faithful companion in recent years on the road or on vacation.
At some point, however, I had to change the lease in the spray of a waterfall in the alps and since then the autofocus keeps permanently destabilized. Since then, focusing on moving objects (e.g. children, dogs, cars ...) has become a game of luck.
A little trip to Sony
In the spring of 2016, my standard zoom let me down too. However, since I had given a promise in the private circle at two events for a few photos, I had to conjure up a replacement as soon as possible.
Since the journals and the Internet were constantly raving about mirrorless cameras, I gave the Sony Alpha 6000 a chance. Small, handy and with a fixed focal length of 50mm, this camera is ideal for traveling. Likewise, the picture quality of this small engineer marvel really inspired me.
Back to the roots
However, after a short time I was missing the stabilizing weight of a heavy mirror reflex in my hand. The operation of the little Sony evolved to a true horror to me as well.
Since I still had my Canon lens zoo at home, the longing for the familiar brought me once again to a Canon EOS 80D. After all I was able to handle Canon blind for years.
Lenses and other tools
Over the years, I've come to appreciate these lenses the most:
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM
- Sigma 17-50mm F2,8 EX DC OS HSM
- Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L Makro IS USM
- … and other lenses / filters, which are rarely used
I also love my Manfrotto tripods (monopod and tripod). Anyone who has photographed the moon or a skyline at night knows why.
Otherwise, I try to keep my image results as close to reality as possible. But I am open to colorful mood enhancements.
Since I also like to do without flashlight and similar artificial brighteners, I am more likely to go with a tripod when the lighting conditions require it.
And in post-processing, I came to terms very well with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. But I will like to try alternatives in future too.