... in natural light is the main focus of photographer Peter Heuts
Photographer Peter Heuts is born in 1961 in Roermond, Netherlands. Currently he lives in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Peter started with photography around 1980. His first camera was an Olympus OM-10, upgraded to the very nice OM-2n, which was also used by German photographer Uwe Ommer in those days.
He later had to change the brand, because Olympus didn’t got in the new AF-cameras in those days. So Peter switched to Minolta, the inventors of the AF SLR. Today he’s using the Sony A99 and A6000.
Peter Heuts is an amateur photographer. He started with simple pictures of the area, he lived in, some concerts and - of course - holidays. In the beginning he used normal film, later changed to slide-films ‚because then you really get impressed by the results’ (Peter Heuts). He really loved the Fuji Velvia colours.
In 2003 Peter changed to digital photography. His first digital camera was a Canon S50. He wasn’t convinced about digital at the start, so that’s why he didn’t bought a big DSLR, just to try it. During his holiday in New Zealand and Australia in 2003/2004 he took both, the small S50 and his non-digital Minolta (for the slides). It must have been in 2005, as he bought his first Konica Minolta Dynax 7D.
For a long time Peter’s photography was mainly focused on nature, cities, architecture and concerts. These subjects still interest him very much. In rare occasions he was able to do a bit of portrait photography, nothing special though. But there he realized, that he really likes making photographs of people. So Peter attended some workshops (natural light and studio) and became even more enthusiastic. One of the things, that he wasn’t very comfortable with, is getting in contact with models, as he was obviously not very experienced as a model photographer at that time. He started going to events, where it was easy to ask girls to pose, which they - almost no exception - were very eager to do. The results became better, and Peter started to feel a bit more confident (also because he got good responses).
Peter probably likes making portraits of models in natural light the most as he thinks, nothing beats natural light. Quite recently he has been buying all kinds of stuff to be able to use flashes outside too, but he still has to learn about that. He just ordered a few German books about strobist photography. Reading books and articles in magazines and on the internet helps him a lot to extend his knowledge about issues regarding photography, that are new to him. Peter always likes to learn new things. That takes time, patience, money and experiments.
He will travel to Budapest in a few weeks to experiment with strobist photography. He met a nice model, that invited him to come over and wanted to work with him. He’s very much looking forward to being able to experiment and make great photos of her.
Peter still likes to do other forms of photography: architecture, concerts, cities and streetphotography. Some he is doing on regular basis, some only from time to time. However, there’s one thing, he knows ... photography will always be a hobby, that excites him and will keep on challenging.