Constantin holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE). Today, he is a freelance bicycle and travel photographer. He says that during his studies, he came into contact with many people who inspired and supported him:
“In retrospect, I really appreciate the freedom offered by studying at UE. The professors and lecturers give the students the space to develop individually. There is no uniform teaching.”
After the training into the study
Constantin first completed an apprenticeship as a media designer, but then discovered that an office job was not good enough for him: “At some point, that simply wasn’t enough for me anymore. When I decided to study photography, my parents fortunately gave me a lot of support”.
Constantin had always been privately involved with photography, but he says his studies opened his eyes: “I learned more about photography than I could have imagined. It’s not enough just to have a feeling for the right moment and the right picture – you also need a trained eye.”
Arrived at your destination
Constantin arrived at bicycle photography for his final thesis topic, stating: “I rode a demanding route through France on my bicycle alone and took landscape photos. It was cold, wet, I was exhausted and the bike also caused problems. The fact that I kept this up has left its mark on me to this day”. Today, he is a passionate bicycle photographer: “I can identify with my customers and projects. That’s a great luxury in this industry – I appreciate that.”
There is a lot to do
Constantin says that he has profited above all from having occupied a niche with bicycle photography: “I believe that young photographers currently have the best chances, alongside journalism, advertising and fashion.
Being a photographer means more than just pressing the shutter button. Choosing the right camera and lenses for each shot is just as important as understanding perspectives and lighting, photographic history and design theory, as well as the right look. In addition, there is a whole range of printing techniques (“Printen”) and different camera models. In times of digitalisation, photographers are expected to be familiar with all kinds of tools for image processing and to be able to create the most diverse formats – the profession of the photographer today is much more diverse than a few years ago.
From the work in a photo studio or occupying space in publishing house, to freelance work, the vocational field is as broadly varied as the task spectrum. There are many specializations, whether it be nature, portrait or event photography, or product photography in advertising or art. If you are a flexible photographer, there are many doors open to you.
Students at the University of Applied Sciences Europe learn to work with analogue and digital cameras, as well as the classic craft of photo development in the darkroom and printing. In addition, there are courses in cinematography, design, image processing, composition, colouring, printing, lighting and media law. This means all-rounders are able to successfully gain a foothold in every field of photography. Thanks to the international environment of the university, the bachelor’s degree can be completed in both German and English, and the master’s degree is offered exclusively in English.
At the end of their studies, graduates have the necessary technical know-how to produce and process professional photographs, as well as a sharp eye for details and image compositions, and for optical effects. Paired with a feeling for the right moment and the right location, they can shoot a successful photo with any camera.