Markus van Hauten – Friends with Vision

How did you get your start in photography?
My interest in photography got started in 2006 when my wife and I visited Iceland for the first time and I bought a DSLR just before the trip. I have been hooked ever since.



What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?
My focus is on landscape photography. I started with sports and animals and turned towards landscape photography. This is where I am now firmly rooted and there is nothing better for me than to witness a wonderful sunrise or sunset in a beautiful place.



What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?
Certainly, winning a category of the Sony World Photography Awards in 2016 has been my biggest success so far. This competition is considered to be the largest in the world. At that time, my image was selected from 130,000 pictures.
My biggest challenge is to look for new perspectives / compositions every time. It is not always easy to find something “new.”


Who and/or what inspires you most?
There’s nobody in particular inspiring me, as there are so many talented photographers. Ultimately, it is always nature that inspires me.



What is your approach?
I want to trigger emotions with my pictures. The perfect moment of nature’s or our earth’s beauty captured on a digital chip. I hope there will be many more moments in my life where I am given the privilege to see and capture a fantastic sunrise.
Preparation for this is often much more complex than you’d think. The planning includes: how to get there, when is the best time, where is the sun and how are the weather conditions.



Why is accurate color important within your workflow?
Color management is very important. I calibrate my monitor on a regular basis, as that is the only way to ensure correct colors reflecting precisely what I saw out there in the field.



Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?
Do not give up, look over other peoples’ shoulders, watch tutorials, attend workshops and ask questions!

  About the Author – Markus van Hauten  

Most of Markus van Hauten’s photographs capture breathtaking landscapes that cast a spell over the viewer and convey his passion for nature’s beauty to others.   Markus, began taking an interest in photography in 2006, and has since been honored at a number of national and international photo competitions in recent years. His work is so compelling, it caught our eye when he submitted a picture taken in Iceland for our Travel and Landscape photo contest held in Germany, in 2017.


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