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Featured photographer #59: Stephan Brunner

Featured photographer #59: Stephan Brunner

Hello! My name is Stephan and I live and work with my family in Switzerland. I'm doing pastoral work in a parish and a prison. Photography is a pa...

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If you are planning your late summer holidays somewhere around Cologne, Germany, make sure you stop by to the Koelnmesse trade fair from the 20th - 25th of September.


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Great results can thus be achieved with small forces.

These Kickstarter updates are getting ever so easier to write down the more our whole Lumu Power development processes move forward. It’s only logical, the more it gets done the more we have to show you.

We talked about installing that 24/7 camera in our previous update but instead I would like to kindly invite you to follow our Instagram account (LINK) for more frequent, short & sweet updates. Since they implemented their own version of snaps in it, why not use it for our benefit?

OK, onto the details!

Featured Photographer #32: Scott Gleine


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Short personal intro. For a living, I service and maintain motion picture cameras and lenses, which continues to provide me with more opportunities to learn the craft which carry over into my photography. At the moment, shooting stills on film is sort of a side job/hobby that I hope to continue developing (no pun intended).

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Your personal story with photography. Part of my interest in photography comes from my passion for cinema. The art of telling stories through images via lenses, lighting, and composition has always been fascinating to me. Also, I’d say my initial interest as a kid was sparked by my grandfather. He was a photography specialist for the Army during World War II and kept with photography throughout the rest of his life. He even had a dark room in his basement. My first 35mm film camera was a hand me down from him. I still have it, along with many other cool vintage cameras and lenses that I inherited.

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What do you think is the greatest power of photography? It seems these days, especially as technology evolves, that we are constantly flooded with images in our life and it can get a bit overwhelming. Also, everyone has the same nice digital cameras, the same nice lenses, the same photoshop tricks, and everything just kind of looks the same after a while. So it’s hard to stand out. I shoot that kind of stuff too, but it’s not completely rewarding. That’s one reason why I’ve been shooting more film lately. Aside from being fun and having a wonderful texture, it also enables me to slow down a bit and think about only taking worthwhile images. I think the greatest power of photography could be the ability to capture moments that linger on long after we’re gone. Unfortunately we don’t get to live forever, so creating something lasting while we’re here is maybe the closest we can get to immortality. If I can achieve that through photography, even in the smallest capacity, that makes me very happy.

Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for good photograph comes from? I suppose it changes from one photographer to the next, but I feel like it comes from personal experience that grows over time. To me, only a small part of photography is talent. It’s a skill that you need to work at and continue evolving. At a certain point, after taking a LOT of pictures, I felt like I could approach a subject and see in my head how I wanted to capture it before taking the shot. How I wanted to frame it, what focal length I wanted, how the depth of field would look depending on aperture and how close I was to the subject, etc. etc. All of that is an instinctive thing that becomes clearer the more I shoot.

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Featured Photographer #30: Axel Mosch


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Short personal intro. My name is Axel Mosch and I was born in Dresden (former GDR). Being one of two boys I have always been the creative and kinda different one in terms of my way of thinking and acting. I left my parents home at the age of 16 to move 800km away to become a chef which I did, but that was just another exciting point of a still ongoing journey.

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Your personal story with photography. My dad always used film cameras (Exa 1c till 1989 and Minolta since 1990), so I bought some Minolta Dynax to do my very first steps with it. Mainly for documenting the Techno scene in Dresden in the middle 90’s, before I moved to Berlin, where I bought the first digital Canon EOS about 10 years ago.

The even bigger step was going from the smaller EOS 450D to the full format 5D Mark III and to use that new toy for studio and product photography. It helped me to reach new levels in the quality of my pictures, even though it also created new issues because of the almost countless options a 5D is offering.

But the biggest step was definitely selling my Ducati and to go for a Leica, which I bought from my friend and mentor Jo Fischer. It just opened another level, another universe of photography and brought me down from the Canon machine gun to an M9 sniper rifle. I have not regret saying goodbye to my beloved bike ever since.

What do you want to achieve? Using a range finder camera brought me back to photography school, but being patient while shooting will bring me to even better pictures and to find my very own language in my images. Improving every day. Learning by shooting.
It would be great to be a good story teller through my pictures at some point.

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The craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? Spending time with a friend in a skyscrapers elevator. He was doing stuff for his studies and I created a photography project out of it. Being on 2,5 square meters and meeting strangers for 30 seconds … there will be some amazing pictures soon.

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What’s in your camera bag? There’s always at least one camera with me. Since I bought it, the Leica M9 has become the daily weapon, but sometimes it’s the whole “tool box” with the Lumu meter and some more equipment. It just depends on what I have to go for.

Featured Lumu user #28: Ilán.Me



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How I Started. As a child, I wanted to know how movies were made. I started with photography not by making still images, but with a home video camera. I made re-makes of my favorite movies like “Rocky,” using my turtle, dog, and whatever else was available at the time. As time went on, I felt the need to capture what was happening around me, at a faster rate. The ease of being able to capture stills with a home camera was very addictive— an addiction, I couldn’t live without.



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Why I Photograph. I view every human being on this planet as a sort of biological camera, reporting back information to the collective unconscious. Once collected, that information cycles back as vibrational energy, through each and every one of us. Before anything can be analyzed, it must first be assembled and that’s where we [photographers] come into play. We select certain pieces of the puzzle and rearrange them on our films or computers, in an attempt to make sense of what we experience. Photography is about remembering who I am and why I chose to be here in the first place. It’s the perfect way to reflect on reality and draw a clear line of demarcation between the subjective and the objective.



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Featured Lumu user #27: Jeffrey Su


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Short personal intro. Jeffrey Su (XiYang) (1995), A Chinese teenager who studied in UK for already 5 Years. Currently on an Architecture course in London University.  When I was boy, the fact that my mom has a career as an interior designer made Art and design extremely close to my life. When other kids r playing with ready-made toys bought from a shop, I was putting Paints on Canvas and building my own toys out of wood pieces. Mom will also encourage me painting on the wall and creating news from the olds. I have always enjoyed creating things and express my emotions in many visual ways. I knew since ages ago that I have to live a life with creativity and Art, no matter what kinds of career it will be. A life without the freedom of creating is going be dead boring.

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Your personal story with photography. I grew up with my Mother’s camera (film Nikon DSLR). She loves taking pictures of the family and things around her. Our family album is magnificent. Truly magnificent. However I intentionally started photography was about 5 years ago when I moved to UK. New environment and new country is perfect for getting inspired photographically, of course I didn’t know it back then, I just need to take pictures for my dad to see what was going on with my life. Later on photography just took off. Photography just feels natural for me. And many people around me supported my work. My family (especially my mother) loved my work and every holiday I would bring my recent work back to China and share with my friends and family. After 2 years of developing and exploring different kinds of photography, I finally realized that Street is where I truly belonged with my camera. After many times of talking to my father and showing him PPTs about the dream camera, I finally convinced my father investing in a Leica (m9p) for me. That summer in 2013 was the best summer in my life. I eat, sleep, dream with that Leica, and the quality of my shots has improved massively since the right gear came to my side. That was the first and only camera, which I had emotionally attached.  Now in the first year of university, I moved to London town, this magical city filled with rich culture and amazing people. I’m really looking forward to see my future collaborations with this amazing place.

What do you want to achieve? I really want to be a good architecture student! Finishing all the work in time with high quality. Most importantly be truly myself as a teenager. Nowadays I see many people with the same age as me who doesn’t have a unique personality. They want to be rich, be cool, be popular. However they are not been who they really are. Find the one and only thing u love the most and live your life with it. That’s what I really want to achieve. Not being the person which others wants you to be.

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Featured #25: Nicolas Bertelsen Estrup

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Short personal intro. I’ve been doing video production and photography for the past 9 years, I’ve created things such as commercials, music videos, corporate videos, broadcast television documentaries and so on. I’m self taught, and most of the time function as a one-man-army, which does that I often have different ways of going from a to b in a project than most other people within my field.

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Your personal story with photography/video making. Photography and video production has always interested me, and mostly comes from my love of films. I’ve always been fascinated with great film work, and back then I hoped that I one day would be as good at creating powerful stories as the people whom I looked up to. There was also no iPhones or DSLR’s to do rock n’ roll things with, so my cousin and I would have to lie to his father, so that we could borrow his video camera to shoot our own little skateboard video, that was until my cousin broke his collarbone, then that fun ended. I also borrowed my fathers old camera that shot on film, and outraged him when I had shot a couple of rolls of film over the course of an hour, only to learn that it would cost a small fortune to have them processed. I still wonder to this day what might be on those rolls of film. Later in life I was asked to be the host and coordinator of an e-sport (electronic sport) tv show that was being created, which I said yes to and quickly after got into filming and editing, because we had a understaffed crew, which has led me to where I am today.

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The craziest thing you ever did as a video producer and/or photographer? It’s not as much a crazy story as it was just a crazy project, but I once had to almost single handedly create a 55 minute television broadcast documentary about four inner city kids in Copenhagen that used Muay Thai fighting as a way off the streets. So in less than two months I planned, filmed, edited it so it was ready to be broadcasted as they had wanted. It was an absolutely insane task that was challenging in so many different ways. But to me the most important thing I learned was to only shoot stuff truly looked great, and keep a razor sharp focus on the story I wanted to tell as it all was created, it was such an amazing learning experience.

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If you could give one final advice to fellow creative people, what would it be? Don’t be afraid of anything, and try everything. Also, and this might be tacky, but, listen to your heart, especially when it comes to business decisions, because at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that you’re happy with what you do, and that you can feel proud about everything you’ve done. If I had followed the advice of everyone around me I would never have made it to where I am today, so just listen to your heart and it will make sure to lead you in the right direction, always.

Lumu Light Meter Review and Field Test

Anastasia Petukhova reviews Lumu light meter: 

From the moment you see the box to the unpackaging process, you get more and more impressed. Matte finish, all the engraved lettering, and quality materials definitely give you the impression that this thing is build to last. I think this must have been one of the key considerations because of the design and size of Lumu. The leather case feels and...

Featured #20: Jason Brewer

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I’m a 40 year old husband and father of a 17 month old Son. I work fulltime as Software Developer/Systems Analyst in the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI and when I have free time I split it between learning about Photography and doing it. I’m also a student with NYIP (New York Institute of Photography).

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What did you want to become in the childhood? Too many things to be honest. Photographer was in there as I always liked to take pictures. Once I grew up though I ended up doing many different things from factory work as a welder, grocery bagger, fast food, Emergency Medical Technician, Soldier in the Army, and my current job as a Software Developer/Systems Analyst. However through all of that I always had a camera and always took pictures but it wasn’t until recently that I started to take photography more seriously to improve my skill in it.

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Your personal story with photography. I’ve always like documenting life with pictures. Especially the mundane everyday things in life that others may take for granted. Over the years I never followed or been inspired by anyone else. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve started to follow other photographers to be inspired by their work or even personality.

I shoot both Digital and Film. I do not prefer one over the other as they both have their positives and negatives. I like the honesty of film to teach and remind me that I am on a journey and not to rush when capturing an image. I like the ease of digital for when I am asked to take pictures for someone to see the results right away and make corrections as my skill and confidence improves.

Honestly I do not feel that I’m a creative photographer. I just try to focus on what has always been there in front of everyone and capture it so it can be remembered in a meaningful way. If I look at something and it stands out to me I try to capture it in the way I see it.

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What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? Honestly, it is having the folks at Lumu notice my images and ask me to do this interview.

The favorite photograph you took? That is a hard one to answer.
I think one would be the image of my Son sitting with my Grandmother that raised me in the summers. He is only 8 months in it but she is 92. Ii is a favorite because it is an image of two people that are very special to me.

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The other is an image from a local county fair where two women are talking in front of a food vendor with all this bold bright signage stating the food he has for sale. I like it because it is an image of everyday life where I’m from in the summer with all the county fairs that take place around my home.

What do you want to achieve? I would like to just capture things to have them remembered. It’s great to have my work noticed but that is not the end goal for me. It would be nice to make photography a full time profession but we will see what the future holds.

What do you think is the greatest power of photography? To inspire people and move them into action.

What’s in your camera bag? And how it affects your process? I switch off between my Film Camera (Canon AE- 1 with kit 50mm lens) and Digital Camera (Canon 60D with 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm Primes). It’s hard to carry much gear with a 17 month old and all the things you need for him. I tend to shoot with one lens most of the time due to this as well. This being the 35mm on my 60D and the 50m on the AE-1.

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What’s In My Bag game.

Leica MP, M3, 50mm Summilux, 35mm Summicron, Iphone 5S, Lumu meter, JCH locked and loaded, Benchmade “letter opener” and my RGruppe pin all tucked into the Hadley