What is your background?
I didn’t find a camera in my Grandfather’s attic like so many other photographers claim. I just needed a new hobby while studying something completely different. I quickly realized that I had a talent for photography and started working at a studio as an assistant and second shooter, while working on my own portfolio at the same time. One day, a former client of that studio told me she actually liked the pictures I shot at her wedding better than those shot by my former boss. That’s when I realized that it was time for me to go out and fend for myself.
Why did you become a photographer?
I’ve always had a thing for stories. I love reading novels, and I studied history because I am fascinated by people and their stories. I think that this love for humans and storytelling is reflected in my photography.
How would you describe your style of photography?
That’s always a difficult question for me, because I don’t want to be reduced to a certain style that’s in fashion for a certain amount of time, but fades away. So, especially when it comes to my wedding work, I focus on emotions and storytelling, because I think that those elements are timeless.
What do you try to capture on a wedding shoot?
Emotions, moments and those little details that people tend to forget first. If you think of the first two as the basic story arc of a wedding day, then the details are the adjectives that make the whole thing come alive again.
Do you use Adobe Lightroom?
Couldn’t live without it. I used to use Photoshop a lot in the beginning, but Lightroom is so much faster when you have to deal with lots of pictures, like a wedding photographer has to.
Can you describe your process of editing photographs?
The first thing I do is to rigorously cull the images. The first round of sorting through the images is pretty quick. Then I go through the chosen pictures again and throw out even more. Those pictures that are left after the second or third round are then imported into Lightroom. I pick one of the colour presets that I’ve developed for myself and synchronize all the images. After this, I go through the images one by one and adjust white balance, exposure etc. I’m a sucker for Black and White, so I convert a lot of the images with my personal Black and White presets. Even while editing, I’m still culling images in the process.
What are your first impressions of Loupedeck?
When I first saw the crowdfunding campaign for Loupedeck, I knew that it could be a game changer for wedding photographers. You spend so much time in Lightroom, so anything that increases speed is more than welcome. When my Loupedeck finally arrived in its really beautiful packaging, I was more than excited to try it out. It is very well made and looks nice on my desk. The buttons feel good and are great for fine-tuning.
How did Loupedeck make a difference to your editing?
Loupedeck makes it easier to fine-tune things. Sometimes I’d struggle with the mouse to make small changes in Lightroom. I also play a lot more with colours now. Sometimes I wasn’t satisfied with the colours of a picture, but it was such a hassle to scroll down to that part of the Lightroom menu and painstakingly adjust every single slider with the mouse. For many of the functions that Loupedeck has there are shortcuts, but somehow, I never use them, probably because I can’t remember them. Loupedeck makes editing just so much easier.
What other features of Loupedeck did you like?
I love the before and after buttons. So cool!
Would you recommend Loupedeck to other photographers?
Will you be using Loupedeck in the future?
Yes, definitely. The more I get used to it, the quicker I become at editing my pictures. I’m looking forward to using Loupedeck even more.
What features do you wish Loupedeck to have in the future?
When in Crop-Mode, you have to rotate to crop. Sometimes the picture is straight, but you’d still like to crop in. So maybe you could make rotation optional through the Fn button. It would then be nice to be able to nudge the crop frame with the up-and-down and left-and-right-keys.
Also, it would be amazing if the Rotate/Crop dial could be used to change the brush size. This would also make a lot of stuff easier for me. Maybe it could even be used to change/rotate the direction in the gradient filter.
You can follow Julia on Instagram @juliaschickfotografie.