Fantastic World of Macro Photography by Heinz Maier

Heinz Maier Heinz Maier is an amateur photographer who is 34. He was born in Mutlangen, Germany. Heinz is happily married and has two children. He works as a plasterer.

AP:  Tell us about your first works.

HM: I’ve been photographing since the end of 2010. But I am continue improving my skills. Once I was reading threads on the Internet on DSLR forum (German community). I found some water drop photos, and thought “Wow!” I should try water drop photography. I’ve been inspired by Rifi and Maianer. They are the best in this area.

Heinz MaierAP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?

HM: I am a self-taught. I often read German forum, because as a beginner you can learn a lot, develop yourself further and the most important is patience and experimentation.

AP: What genre are your works?

HM: I do not know yet which genre I would be developing in, but right now I am experimenting in macro photography (insect and water drop photography). Once I was invited to shoot models and that also brought me a lot of fun. I am in search, but right now my main focus is macro photography.

Heinz MaierAP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?

HM: I use Canon 7d, Canon 100mm 2.8 macro with 2x Speedlite 430EX II and a homemade softbox with color filters and of course the “stop shot” with which I control a solenoid valve.

AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?

Heinz MaierHM: I see myself as an amateur photographer and work purposefully. I always try to improve my pictures to make them look even better.

AP: What is your success formula?

HM: I currently do not take part in any competitions, but I certainly will do. I photograph in my free time; that is the best way to relax.

AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?

HM: I am very new in photography and I get inspiration from images on Flicker and etc. My colleague invites me to try myself in the portrait photography genre in winter and I hope  I will achieve good quality in that genre.

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