Behind the Lens - Christoph Laue

Jan 4, 2012
by Ian Hylands  

Photo Christoph Laue
  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hey everybody, I'm a freelance photographer from Stuttgart, Germany and I'm 27 years old.

Photo Christoph Laue
  How long have you been shooting photos?

I started with photography while doing a graphic design apprenticeship in 2007. I bought a Nikon D200 and I had basically no idea of what I was doing with it. But after a while I got into the combination with aperture, shutter speed and ISO to create elaborate pictures. Since then I have been addicted to photography. So, I decided to do an apprenticeship in photography which I have finished last summer.

How long have you been shooting mountain biking?

Actually as long as I photograph. My passion for riding made me want to become a photographer in the first place. My first pictures apart from fashion, advertisement and art stuff for my professional training were mountainbike pictures. Despite my enthusiasm, it took a while until I got one of them published in the FREERIDE Magazin (Germany) in 2009.

Shooting for the Mag41 Story...Photo Christoph Laue
  Do you ride yourself? How does this affect your images?

I do ride my bike and I love it. But most of the my time I get people to ride their bike. If I ever leave my camera at home and take my bike out, it’s to get to the spots. Riding just for fun is what I do when it’s winter or bad weather, when the conditions are too bad for taking good pictures.

It is important to understand what is going on in front of the camera. 

Photo Christoph Laue
  Do you shoot anything else besides mountain biking?

Yes sure. People, lifestyle, nature. And of course other action sports.

Photo Christoph Laue
  Do you have another job as well or is it just photography?

I work as an assistant photographer.

Photo Christoph Laue
  What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I really like to catch the one moment that illustrates the whole movement of a trick. Of course it’s most fun to work with motivated riders who like to work on difficult projects.

Photo Christoph Laue
  What kind of cameras do you use?

Nikon D200 and Nikon D70 because of the faster shutter speed. I also like to use my Rolleicord to shoot analog. I'm looking forward to Nikon's new camera in the next year.

Is there any other gear that you use frequently?

My Nikon compact flashes with the Elinchrom Skyports and my Sunbounce to work with natural light.

Photo Christoph Laue
  Who are your main clients?

Different magazines in Germany like FREERIDE Magazin, Mountainbike Rider, Mag41 and Mountain BIKE. As well as Dirt UK, Decline, BigBike (France) and Pinkbike.

Photo Christoph Laue

Anything else we should know about you?

I like:
- good composition of images and light setup
- the challenge to shoot in different conditions

I don’t like:
- too much image editing, for example HDR
- broken bones

Shooting for the Mag41 Story...Photo Christoph Laue

You can find more of Christoph's work on his profile or at his website

Past Photographer Interviews:

Behind the Lens - Lars Scharl
Behind the Lens - Mattias Fredriksson
Behind the Lens - Marc Landry
Behind the Lens - Reuben Krabbe
Behind the Lens - Ale Di Lullo
Behind the Lens - Sebas Romero
Behind the Lens - Sven Martin
Through the Lens - Baxter Redfern
Through the Lens - Fraser Britton
Through the Lens - Margus Riga
Through the Lens - Justin Brantley
Through the Lens - Ian Hylands
Through the Lens - Keith Valentine
Behind the Lens - Thomas Gaffney
Through the Lens - Jacob Gibbins
Through the Lens - Eric Palmer

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 Great photos!
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 we need one of these for Duncan Philpott
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 just thinking the same
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 the Behind the Lens series is a good one. It would be interesting to see some of the unrelated photo work to see their work outside of action sports, just too round out the article.
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 Behind the Lens is the business, MORE PHOTOS
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 WOW... Talk about one HELL of a portfolio. I just LOVE the feel of his pictures. He's got one hell of an eye and a great sence of perspective. I also love how he uses depth-of field. Awesome work to say the absolute least aye.
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 OH SNAP, somehow I missed that he's the guy who took the infamous "Frog Shot"... that's is like a once in a life time shot aye. This guy is just flat out AWESOME. Good work mate, keep the amazing pics coming and thanks for sharing.
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 Amazing work! Love the use of light...
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 I dont know anything about photography but i really want to get into it and i find these behind the lens things really interesting
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 Really nice photos! Which lenses do you use? I think that the 80-200/f2.8 is from Nikon, but the 10-17 or the 18-50/f2.8 are made by who? Do you have a fisheye?
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 thanks! The 10-17mm is a fisheye from Tokina wich I borrowed from a friend and the 18-50/f2.8 is a Sigma lens
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 i can only confirm this!
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 His creations are inspirations. Keep it up, Christoph and cu at the races. Alex
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 Bääääm!!! So many bangers!!!
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 Nice flash useing!
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 These photos are shit hot! Great work Christoph!
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 amazing work christoph! keep it up!
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 this tailwhip from Martin Soderstrom was sick!
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 Beautiful work!

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