Markus is a freelance photographer based out of Brisbane that I've followed for a while and have bumped into at a show or two in the past. He's spent the majority of the last 7 years focusing on photographing gigs and festivals of all sizes and is a frequent contributor to magazines like The Music, AAA Backstage, SpeakerTV, Australian Music Network and Faster Louder.
Markus' live music photographs have always stood out to me as some of the best in the business, and its no wonder he gets to shoot some of the biggest acts in the world. His photographs are always impeccably composed, beautifully coloured and spectacularly lit.
My father was a keen amateur photographer in his younger years, and he pushed me into studying it in my senior years at high school.
I was given his old Pentax ME and a few rolls of film, and started shooting and developing my own black & white in the school darkrooms around the age of 16. Immediately fell in love with the whole process.
How has your photography changed in the last few years?
I've begun treating it more as a business as of late. It means I've probably shot less of what I want to and more what I need to, so I can make a little scratch.
My editing has come a long way too, and I've got a few close friends to thank for that, but otherwise, there's not much more.
How do you take your pictures?
I mostly shoot digital, I would love to shoot more film than I currently do... but it's just an issue with the costs and turnaround really. I'll jump in on a bulk order of film from B&H every now and then with friends, but I'm still so sparing with my frames so it takes a while to get through a roll.
I shoot digital using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or Fujifilm X100T and I've got an Canon EOS 3 for the film.
What and who inspires you?
Mainly I look up to other music photographers, as that's what I focus on with my shooting. Following the work of photographers such as Todd Owyoung, Adam Elmakias, and Kane Hibberd really inspires me to keep on doing what I do.
What are you currently working on?
I'm always just taking things as they come, winging it. I've recently started to get a fairly steady flow of paid work to keep me busy day to day, still not enough to live off completely, but it's a start!
What do you like the most about this work or process?
I'm driven by the process of it all, it's mainly the post work that I enjoy; the editing. I'm also driven by the other photographers I meet, they're a fantastic and supportive bunch and I always love catching up with them or working on small projects together.
What, if anything, is coming next for you?
I would like to move into doing tours for musicians and some more promo work, and portraits.
What is a piece of advice you would give to aspiring photographers in your field?
The same advice everyone gives, I guess: if you want to succeed in music photography, it's all about dedication and perseverance. Start small with some bands that you know and network with others from there, stick with them and cover their shows, shoot some promo work for them.
Stick with them, because you never know who might make it big just around the corner!
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