My name is Tilman Jentzsch and I’m a freelance music photographer. I currently live in Bern, Switzerland.
I’ve photographed for nearly 30 years. Originally my interest was in sports photography when I was a teenager, using analog cameras and developing pictures in the dark (bath) room.
My main focus nowadays is on artists / bands from German speaking countries to Scandinavia and Finland. I personally think that these musicians bring the best out of themselves on stage and I’m trying to capture that creative madness with my camera. For me that’s the best part of music photography: seeing, showing & sharing emotions.
I shoot exclusively with the X-T1.
There are a couple of reasons, why I sold all my DSLR equipment and went mirrorless. With my photography I try to capture special moments and thanks to the bright electronic viewfinder I see exactly how the image will look later. And because of the X-trans sensor a lot of the images can be used straight out of the camera, reducing my editing workflow to a minimum.
Another reason is weight of the Fujifilm system. DSLRs are rather heavy and so are their lenses. After changing to the Fujifilm not only got my camera bag lighter, but it got smaller as well, and after a day of shooting my back doesn’t complain anymore. In addition I carry my camera more often with me, even on private occasions.
Along with the weight goes the size of the Fujifilm camera. As my X-T1 is rather small compared to my previous DSLR, it becomes more a part of me, almost invisible. This makes it much easier to become unnoticed when taking pictures, especially in the backstage area, creating more closeness between my subjects and myself.
The overall combination of X-trans sensor, the high quality of the Fujinon XF lenses, especially the sharpness with wide open aperture, and the low light performance makes the X-T1 the best camera I can use for my music photography.
By updating the firmware constantly, even adding new features and functions to existing cameras, Fujifilm itself shows the dedication and determination to the X-system and to its users as well.