Cornelius Fischer photographing a bride and groom
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Cornelius Fischer and I’m a professional portrait and wedding photographer based in Switzerland.
When I started 11 years ago, photography was just a hobby and my main interest was concert & music photography. While I was working 4 days a week as a lab technician in Zurich, I’d spend every minute of my free time at concerts and festivals. And so it happened that, 10 years ago, I founded a photo studio (a run down but huge storage room with high ceilings) with three friends who were just as crazy about photography as I was.
My first job as a wedding photographer was on June 7th, 2008 and since then I have photographed more than 110 weddings. By the end of March 2017, I managed to fill my archive with 79’526 wedding pictures.
Three years ago, I decided to take the plunge and become my own boss full time. Today, I can call the studio my own (now renovated and more than 2’300 square feet) and there’s three of us running it. My wife takes care of all marketing communication behind the scenes and our trainee helps me with post-production, assisting and all kinds of day to day events.
Wedding photo by Cornelius Fischer
What made you become a photographer?
This is the actual fun fact about my career. I finished my apprenticeship as a lab technician in the summer of 2005. My parents rewarded me with a voucher for a flight to New Zealand. So I bought my first camera, a Canon 350D to take good pictures while in New Zealand. (Un-)fortunately, I got addicted to photography that very moment I held the camera in my hands for the first time. I still haven’t been to New Zealand, but I traded the voucher for a Canon 70–200mm f2.8 IS lens (which I still regularly use) and well, we already know what happened after that.
Engagement photo by Cornelius Fischer
Who inspires you?
The most inspiring photographer I know is the Swiss photographer Marco Grob. His portraits are just amazing. It’s as if he can see into the souls of the people he is portraying.
Capturing the “First Look”
What’s your go-to gear?
Currently, I’m working with Canon SLRs, mainly 5D Bodies but I’m also using Olympus OMDs as a smaller alternative to the heavy SLR gear.
Speaking with clients
Walk us through your workflow, from shooting to post-processing and working with clients.
Let me walk you through a typical wedding shooting. The very first meeting with my bridal couple (mostly one year prior to the wedding) serves mainly to get to know each other. I want them to know how I work and we find out whether we’re on the same page to work together. During the ensuing months, I help my couples with scheduling and planning their wedding day. All couples receive our unique wedding welcome kit which we designed ourselves and which is full of tips and tricks of my vast experience with weddings — all written down by my wife.
Two weeks prior the wedding, I see the bridal couple one last time before the wedding where we discuss the final timetable (though we all know there is no such thing) and all details of the wedding day.
After the wedding, all the RAW images are imported into our Lightroom archive. As there is always a second shooter with me at weddings, we have quite some images to cull.
Culling and editing is done either by myself or our trainee. Firstly, we make a quick run through the collection and reject unfocused, wrongly exposed and less intriguing images. At the same time, we already flag extraordinary shots. This process is super simple and user-friendly with Palette. I’m using a 5-button layout (2 buttons for rejecting & flagging, 2 buttons for next & previous image and 1 button for zooming to 1:1 view). This way, my left hand controls the mouse and the right hand operates Palette.
Cornelius’ Lightroom editing profile (in German) — available in the Palette Community Profiles https://palettegear.com/profiles
With this first quick run-through, we reduce the number of images by 50–60% already. Then, we apply our scene/light-specific presets and start with the editing process.
Again, Palette is a great help and speeds things up tremendously. Due to the many presets we use, the main adjustments we have to do are exposure and white balance corrections. Occasionally, highlights/shadows, some dynamics and contrast corrections. All these functions are linked to my Palette setup, while I still have additional buttons for navigation, rejecting more images, opening the crop tool or even create virtual copies and applying our black/white preset. With this setup, we need approximately 5–10 seconds per image — and we think that’s pretty awesome.
Finally, the images are exported as jpegs and copied onto a USB stick which we pack in another self-designed little box to send off to our now newlywed couples.
Final package Cornelius gives clients, complete with prints, USB and candy!
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Originally Posted 6/30/2017 at medium.com/@Palette
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