National Geographic – Skyseed

My portrait of Skyseed co-founder Ole Seidenberg was published in the March 2024 issue of National Geographic Germany. The Berlin start-up Skyseed uses drones to reforest forests. It’s a race against time that Skyseed wants to tackle with a large fleet of drones: “We can only make a relevant contribution if the whole thing is realised on such a large scale that we can also keep pace with climate change,” says Ole Seidenberg, co-founder of Skyseed. Skyseed therefore wants to be able to reforest up to 100,000 hectares per year in ten years’ time.

How To Travel Lightly – My travel photography equipment

Every year, I consciously take longer breaks from travelling. Such trips are not just a relaxing holiday for me. Apart from the normal photo jobs I’m booked for in Berlin, I work on freelance projects. I’m looking for stories. In the summer months, I’m travelling with my camper. In the winter months, however, I sometimes spend several months travelling outside Europe without the comfort of being able to simply load all my things into my van. It is essential for me to keep my camera equipment as compact and handy as possible. This is in stark contrast to the pile of stuff that can fill an entire van when I’m booked for a big shoot.

Over the last two years, I have completely swapped my old clunky SLR cameras with their very heavy lenses for the Nikon Z series. When travelling, however, I only take the Z6II with my travel zoom, the Z24-70 mm/4, and my Z85 mm/1.8 for portraits. In addition to photography, moving images are also becoming increasingly important to me. Last year I photographed and filmed my multimedia project ‘SO MANY WAYS – VANLIFE STORIES‘ in Portugal and Tenerife with a rucksack full of equipment. Here are a few thoughts on what I consider to be the most important aspects of my travel set-up.

A small pack size and light weight are particularly important to me, as the first hurdle has to be overcome at the airport. On long-haul flights, the maximum weight of checked baggage is usually 25 kg, plus hand luggage weighing approx. 8 kg. In addition to the photographic equipment, there also has to be room for my personal items, which I need for two to three months. A suitcase full of equipment is therefore not an option. My camera and lenses always travel in my hand luggage, although the less expensive items, such as tripods or flashes, do end up in my checked baggage.

I don’t use a photo backpack, but have bought a bag insert that fits exactly into my private rucksack, in which my camera and lenses are safely stored. You can’t tell from the outside what the rucksack contains. I like this inconspicuousness. If necessary, I simply remove the insert and take the rucksack to the beach. A lightweight setup also has its advantages when I’m working alone. I don’t want to restrict myself with heavy, unwieldy equipment. I can carry everything I need for my freelance projects on me, hike with it, or even ride it on a scooter.

A carbon fiber travel tripod, weighing just 1 kg, also belongs in my luggage. Admittedly, the tripod is not as stable as my large Gitzo carbon tripod, which I use for jobs in Berlin, but it fulfills its purpose for both photo and video recordings.

For my last big project, in addition to the photos, video recordings were an important part and that includes good original sound. I didn’t want to rely on the camera’s integrated microphone, so I bought two different Rode microphones. For interview settings, I use the Rode Wireless Go with a wireless transmitter and receiver, plus a small lavalier microphone that I can attach to the transmitter. This can be attached to the interviewee more inconspicuously than attaching the transmitter directly to the collar. For editing scenes or spontaneous conversations, I have a Rode Videomic Go mounted directly on the camera on the hot shoe.

Depending on which country I’m travelling to and what I’m planning, I also pack my DJI Mavic Air 2. I still find drone shots exciting, especially for landscape shots and videos or for a change of perspective during a reportage.

For the rare occasions when I need more light for my reportage, I have a Nikon SB900, a small foldable umbrella and a lightweight light stand that fits perfectly in my travel bag.

My travel photography equipment makes all the difference for me. In the past, I didn’t even take heavy cameras with me because they restricted my activities. Now I can relax and concentrate on my project and creative work, remaining flexible without compromising on the quality of the shots.
You can find more pictures and reports from my travels over the past few years here.

My travel photography equipment makes all the difference for me. In the past, I didn’t even take heavy cameras with me because they restricted my activities. Now I can relax and concentrate on my project and creative work, remaining flexible without compromising on the quality of the shots.
You can find more pictures and reports from my travels over the past few years here.

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My perfect photo equipment for travelling – I use it to take photos and film on my trips!

WE/FOUR

This spring, I photographed a photo series for the magazine Wir/Vier of the Technical University of Berlin. I had Geraldine Rauch, the president of the university, Zethu Matebeni, a South African professor of gender studies, and allotment gardeners from Berlin who were taking part in a citizen science project to collect weather data using measuring stations in their plots. The magazine was published in late summer in both German and English.

HWP Handwerkspartner Flensburg

HWP Handwerkspartner AG has been one of my clients for several years now. I regularly travel to branches in Germany to take company photos for communication purposes and to photograph the employees on site, e.g. for the location brochure. In addition to business photos and images of the branch and reference objects, this always includes a team photo of the entire workforce. This year it was the turn of the Flensburg site.

EWS Energiewendemagazin – Stefan Rahmstorf, Climate Reserrcher

FRAGILE! – Stefan Rahmstorf for the EWS Energiewende Magazine – Cover & Cover Story
“We are not doing any serious climate protection yet.”
In March I met climate researcher Stefan Rahmstorf at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research.
Thank you for the relaxed shoot.

THIS WAS ‘LOOK AT ME NOW’ – EMOP 2023

9 days with approx. 4000 visitors. We are overwhelmed by the success and the positive response!

A collective exhibition
of the Female Photoclub Berlin

ANNE BARTH · CHERIE BIRKNER · NATALIA CARSTENS · CHIARA DAZI · SUZANNE DE CARRASCO · SAMANTHA DIETMAR · MARLENE GAWRISCH · NANCY JESSE · VICORIA KÄMPFE · ISABELL KESSLER · TABEA MATTERN · SILKE MAYER · DELPHINE MILLET · VERONIKA HUBER NATTER · DEBORA RUPPERT · GUDRUN SENGER · SASKIA UPPENKAMP · MIMI VOLLGRAF · VIVIANE WILD · MIRJA ZENTGRAF

The exhibition LOOK AT ME NOW gathers different positions of female photographers, members of the Berlin Female Photoclub. This is the second joint exhibition of the group. Under the title LOOK AT ME NOW, a variety of different topics and issues are treated in the individual projects, all of which deal with the present (the NOW) each in their own way. The spectrum ranges from the martial art of Jiu Jitsu, to the self-chosen life of dropouts, to the personal coming to terms with an illness. The exhibition LOOK AT ME NOW is part of the official programme of the European Month Of Photography (EMOP) in March 2023. The EMOP theme “Touch” is constantly present in the exhibitions. In the end, looking at each very personal work, not only the NOW of the individual photographers, but also the broad spectrum of the Berlin group opens up to the visitors. “LOOK AT ME NOW” is not only a photography exhibition: it is an intimate glimpse into the works of professional female photographers using their medium to explore the theme of “touch“ in a variety of ways.

SO MANY WAYS – Vanlife Stories Magazine

I wanted to know what life concepts and motivations are behind the people who live in the van for longer periods or even permanently? What experiences lead to the decision to travel in a van, maybe even to give up life in ‘normal society’ with their own flat and a permanent job? What is special about this way of life? For my series ‘SO MANY WAYS’ I met van dwellers in Portugal and on Tenerife.

All the stories and pictures are now in the magazine. Email me to get your copy.

Sponsored by Stiftung Kulturwerk

LOOK AT ME NOW – EMOP 2023

A collective exhibition
of the Female Photoclub Berlin

ANNE BARTH · CHERIE BIRKNER · NATALIA CARSTENS · CHIARA DAZI · SUZANNE DE CARRASCO · SAMANTHA DIETMAR · MARLENE GAWRISCH · NANCY JESSE · VICORIA KÄMPFE · ISABELL KESSLER · TABEA MATTERN · SILKE MAYER · DELPHINE MILLET · VERONIKA HUBER NATTER · DEBORA RUPPERT · GUDRUN SENGER · SASKIA UPPENKAMP · MIMI VOLLGRAF · VIVIANE WILD · MIRJA ZENTGRAF

The exhibition LOOK AT ME NOW gathers different positions of female photographers, members of the Berlin Female Photoclub. This is the second joint exhibition of the group. Under the title LOOK AT ME NOW, a variety of different topics and issues are treated in the individual projects, all of which deal with the present (the NOW) each in their own way. The spectrum ranges from the martial art of Jiu Jitsu, to the self-chosen life of dropouts, to the personal coming to terms with an illness. The exhibition LOOK AT ME NOW is part of the official programme of the European Month Of Photography (EMOP) in March 2023. The EMOP theme “Touch” is constantly present in the exhibitions. In the end, looking at each very personal work, not only the NOW of the individual photographers, but also the broad spectrum of the Berlin group opens up to the visitors. “LOOK AT ME NOW” is not only a photography exhibition: it is an intimate glimpse into the works of professional female photographers using their medium to explore the theme of “touch“ in a variety of ways.

SUPERSPRING

For the start-up of the marketing consulting agency Superspring, I was commissioned to shoot Fabian Roser, Gerald Hensel and Tobias Weissenfels in the summer of 2022 in the studio in Berlin. The result was an image package that the three of them will use for press work and their website, which will be launched in 2023.

More corporate images

Enviro Sustain – Summer Party 2022

For my client Enviro Sustain, I accompanied the summer party 2022 with the camera.

Videography: Saskia Uppenkamp
Editing & picture editing: Pauline Kortmann