Amateur Photographer

Björn Kupper Fuji lm

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Björn Kupper is a German photograph­er who has been based in Greece since 2009. After attempting a career in music, he gained a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropolo­gy and chose to express his artistic desires through photograph­y. He mainly shoots the seemingly artless, ordinary aspects of everyday life. Follow Björn Kupper on Instagram at @bjoern_kupper and check out more of his work at www.bjoernkupp­er.com.

I MOSTLY use the Single AF mode with the smallest available centre focus point. Although Continuous AF mode is very helpful in many scenarios, I prefer to have more control over the situation. With Single AF I have the possibilit­y to quickly re-compose a frame, which requires some practice, but gives me great compositio­nal freedom. It also lets me use the pre-focusing technique, which fits my style of shooting. I can carefully compose a frame and wait for the scene to happen. Of course, this needs some experience and empathy in terms of how a situation will develop.

When shooting during the night or in difficult lighting situations, I often use MF mode to gain full control of the whole process. You’re always running the risk of obtaining an out-offocus result, but I feel more comfortabl­e with MF in such situations. In AF-S mode I just use the smallest available centre focus point. I seldom use AF-C mode and I don’t customise these presets at all. The various AF-C presets of the Fujifilm cameras are very versatile and do an excellent job, so I’ve never felt the need to set up a custom AF-C setting. With the exception of some extreme situations, my favoured method of focusing is AF-S.

I don’t assign any focusing modes to any buttons. I always focus by half-pressing the shutter release button as I am a fanatical ‘old school, single AF-mode, centre focus point shooter’. Thus there is no need for back button focusing as I very seldom use the zone focusing or tracking mode – the AF-L button is still assigned as per the factory setting.

I always tend to set up my camera in a way that gives me as much control and freedom as possible. In several photograph­ic genres, such as street photograph­y, where compositio­n is usually the most crucial factor to make a photo unique, I will, whenever possible, choose pre-focusing in order to keep my mind only on catching the decisive moment. Hence, in terms of focusing, the AF-S mode is the mode for me. It’s a focusing mode every photograph­er should practise using in order to expand their artistic freedom.

I’ve gathered lots of equipment over the years. What I carry with me depends on where I am and what I am shooting. Usually, I try to stick with prime lenses and might bring a little zoom lens in the backpack just in case. Sometimes I carry two cameras, equipped with prime lenses covering two different focal lengths, say 16mm and 50mm. Very rarely I’ll carry a tripod as I hate these things for slowing me down – the high ISO and dynamic range capabiliti­es on my Fujifilm cameras are brilliant anyway.

 ??  ?? Björn Kupper’s kit for shooting in low light includes the Fujifilm X-Pro3, the XF 35mm F1.4 R and the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Björn Kupper’s kit for shooting in low light includes the Fujifilm X-Pro3, the XF 35mm F1.4 R and the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
 ??  ?? ‘Roast Duck’, Chinatown, New York City, USA. This was pre-focused on the white kitchen roll behind the cook
Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS, 1/1000sec at f/4, ISO 6400
‘Roast Duck’, Chinatown, New York City, USA. This was pre-focused on the white kitchen roll behind the cook Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS, 1/1000sec at f/4, ISO 6400
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