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Steve Diet Goedde

Steve Diet Goedde

Erotic fetish photographer

Who are you, and what do you do?

I'm a photographer known mostly for my erotic fetish fashion imagery, but I also do a lot of street photography. I've had two books of my work published by renowned photography publisher Edition Stemmle and have had numerous gallery shows worldwide.

What hardware do you use?

I mostly do analog photography (ye olde film) but rely on computers for scanning and prepping the images for web or print. Since I shoot mostly with medium format film, I need reliable film scanners, and that's either the Nikon Coolscan 9000ED or the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner. I scan those into my iMac using SilverFast software. For non-darkroom prints, I make high quality ink prints using the Epson R2880.

If interested in the cameras I use, my main camera is the Mamiya 645AF. I also love the 35mm Yashica T4 point-and-shoot which is better for more spontaneous situations. I do use digital on occasion and when I do, I have a trusty Nikon D200. I also love low-fi photography. I've been experimenting with various Holga toy cameras, both medium format and 35mm pinhole. Digitally, my favorite low-fi camera is the iPhone although its quality is improving greatly and can barely qualify as low-fi now. My first low-fi phonecam was some old Samsung piece of crap but I still love the images I got from it. Those are on display on my old phonecam website.

As long as a camera takes photos, it's a good camera. Much of my equipment is out-of-date but I don't care. A photographer is what takes a great photo, not a camera.

And what software?

I currently have a ye olde version of Photoshop CS3 installed on my machine. I don't do much digital manipulation of my work. I mainly adjust exposure and tone - the same way I'd be doing it in the darkroom. Generally I believe in the integrity of the moment I choose to take a photograph. If something drastically needs changing in post, then it was my fault to begin with by not noticing it when shooting.

What would be your dream setup?

Since I don't rely too much on computers to create my images, I'm completely happy with the system I currently have. I'm a big fan of using what I have and making the best of it. Actually, my dream set-up would be a completely revamped wet darkroom and no computers at all. Pretty sure that's not going to happen!

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