Barbara Majcan is an Austrian photographer with creativity, brains, and ability. She produces together with her partner photos in different fields like advertising, food, hotel, portrait, restaurant, and fashion.
We’re a creative, gifted, and witty duo of photographers. We produce photography in the areas of advertising, portrait, food, hotel, restaurant, and fashion. We work with big and small companies; in big and small teams, but always together. Furthermore, we love what we do.
From where you get your inspiration?
Mostly from nature, to be honest. Long walks fulfill me and let ideas grow. Then it’s important to take in arts and music: Paintings, compositions, installations, songs, etc. enable worlds to grow inside my head. For some shoots, it is also the model that is inspiring me: I see the person (or photos of him/her) and then images start to emerge, and I know I need to bring them onto the sensor. The same is true for fashion pieces. And, quite basic: light.
How do you look for the perfect spots?
I’m constantly attentive for spots and light situations. With Covid and movement restrictions, it has been a bit harder to keep finding them throughout the last year, but I do have a pool of possible shooting locations both in my head as well as in my smartphone gallery, which is why I can come up with a suitable location quickly when there’s a request.
Describe a typical shoot.
The typical shoot varies depending on whether it is an editorial or commercial shoot, and even then, it varies from client to client. What all shoots have in common, though, is a clear arrangement between clients or collaborators and me ahead of the shoot about ideas, moods, team, etc.
Were you educated in photography, or are you self-taught?
I’m mostly self-taught. I started taking photos at the age of 15 and up to five years later I did not take any courses. In the beginning, photography was only about feeling it. I did not bother much about technical settings or equipment, and I guess that’s what taught me most and what I’m most grateful for. That I was so young when I started that I didn’t feel the need to do everything perfectly well right away and that it was okay to just trust my feeling when releasing the shutter.
What camera do you use most of the time?
For a couple of months, the Canon EOS 5R, and I’m pretty happy with it. It is a little smaller than what I have worked with before (EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 5DS R), is great to catch moving images, and has good face recognition, which makes it a great partner for fashion shoots.
Which photo are you currently most proud of?
I can’t decide between these two:
One of them was carefully set, with a considerable lighting setup and with every detail composed in a well-thought-out way. The other one is a by-product of a look book shoot, which took only about 30 seconds to shoot, but is so special due to the super creative fashion by Viennese designer Jennifer Milleder. It is a photo of the fashion, shot through the fashion, and the unique composition of shape and material make it one of my favorite shots of all time.
Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?
Sometimes I wish I would have studied photography. And sometimes I wish that I had been brave enough to move to inspire London when I was 18 or 20.
Favorite photography book?
“Tales for Oskar” with images by Kristian Schuller and “Wonderful Things” with images by Tim Walker.
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