Interview with Heike Odermatt

Heike Odermatt

Date of birth: 22nd of June 1967

How did you become passionate about nature photography?

As a child I was fond of pictures of nature and animals and dreamed about standing behind the camera following wildlife. I never dreamed that this could ever become reality.

What subject do you prefer to photograph and why?

Nature in general, animals, landscapes, details

What is your favorite nature preserve?

Areas where I can let off steam and where I hardly encounter any people such as the rugged landscapes of Scandinavia and the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the latter is still a big dream of mine.

What is your favorite shooting position?

My favorite shooting position does not exist. It doesn’t matter if I have to climb a high rock or lay down low on the ground as long as it benefits the image I want to make.

Which nature photographer do you admire?

I have respect for nature photographers, which can live off their photography and I enjoy all those special images of many nature photographers, but I have no names.

What quality must a nature photographer absolutely have?

If you love nature and are passionate about photography, endurance comes naturally.

Which light situation do you prefer?

Ambient light (morning or evening light, fog) and special circumstances such as during or after snowfall.

Which setting do you prefer: Manual-Aperture Priority-Shutter Priority?

It depends on the situation, either aperture priority or manual priority.

Do you have any advice for future nature/wildlife photographers?

Photograph with passion and go “play” with your subject (experiment)


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