Q&A with Sam Strauss: Extreme Sports Photographer

Sam Strauss didn’t always aspire to be a photographer, he once wanted to be a spaceman. Today Sam spends his time traveling the world capturing photos of extreme athletes doing what they do best. We sat down with Sam to find out what inspires him to be a professional photographer and find out what his secret weapon is.

Q:What did you originally want to be when you grew up?

A: I couldn’t decide between being a spaceman or a farmer
Q: What inspired you to take photographs?

A: The possibility to freeze moments from my point of view really inspired me. In photography is still enough space to do things a bit different and in the end there are no real rules !!! 
Q: What is your favourite photograph?

A: Hard to say but i think it´s my very first exposure with a 8x10inch pinhole camera. Exposure time of 4 and half hours… and it worked out perfectly.
Sam Strauss Favourite Photo

Q: Where is your favourite photography location?

A: I don’t have a favourite location. Each and every location has its own magic, and I’m always looking for this magic. 
Q: What is the best photography trick you have learned?

A: You are never too early if you want to shoot landscapes so GET UP EARLY! 
Q: What’s your secret weapon?

A: My secret weapon is a pinhole camera built by a famous German photographer called Jürgen Lechner. For this camera I use 8x10inch black and white sheet films. A fixed fstop of 360 turns shooting with this one into a kind of study.
Q: What quote do you live by

A: “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety“ by Benjamin Franklin
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to take up photography? 

A: Try to get back to the roots of technical photography and learn how a camera works, doesn’t matter if it’s analog or digital. After that put your focus on the content of your images… Think about what you want to show with your work!
Q: What’s your favourite style of photography? 

I prefer shooting on film, but in most of the cases this isn’t possible nowadays. But i keep shooting analog on all my personal adventures and travels. 
Q: How does LifeProof help you in the field? 

To have a waterproof and shock-resistant mobile devise makes a lot things easier. I don’t have to worry about if it gets wet or something and stay focused on taking pictures.


Be sure to follow Sam Strauss on Instagram and check out his blog to keep up to-date on all his projects.

Alan Lund

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