When music and photography come together
Miro Maršík, music composer and producer, started using his images as covers for his music. Photography quickly became a passion, and with his X-T4, he captures wonderful landscapes and city views. In a way, all creative activities go hand in hand.
Hey everyone! My name is Miro and I live in Prague, Czech Republic. I was born in Slovakia, in a small village in the High Tatras. At the age of 18, I moved to Prague to study and I stayed here since then. Now I work as a software engineer, I play the guitar in a pop-rock band, compose music and also make photos and videos.
I started to play the guitar relatively late, when I was 26. It was after my studies that I finally had the time, and also the money, for new hobbies. I always wanted to play the guitar and I also had an acoustic guitar at home before, but I never learnt to play it well, just a few chords. When I rediscovered my passion, I realized, that’s much easier to learn to play the guitar now. There are plenty of YouTube videos and tutorials.
RIGHT: Fuji X-T30 . Fuji XF56mmF1.2 @56mm . f/1.2 . 1/125″ . ISO 1600
I think the photos are the contemporary means of expression. A good photo is the biggest eye-catcher on social networks. You can get attention. And it’s really valuable these days, when there are tons of content out there. For example, when I compose music, only a few true fans will listen to it if I don’t make a good cover. When I started to publish my cinematic music on Spotify etc, I started to make covers using my photos. And now I started to make videos, too. Because video supports the music even better than a photo, and also music supports the video.
Most of the time, it is a hobby and I like it as it is. I have commercial projects, I don’t say no to opportunities, but I am not active in looking for commercial work. Above all, I like to make my own projects. You know, when you start to make something commercial, it could happen really fast and you start to work on projects that you don’t like very much, only for money. I don’t think it’s the right way. I don’t want another “work”. I want to keep the passion. Because passion can bring big things. So, I am open for commercial work, but I don’t want to be overloaded by it 🙂
RIGHT: Fuji X-T30 . Samyang 12mmF2 @12mm . 1/60″ . ISO 3200
To be exact, I made my first own photos with an old Nokia mobile phone 🙂
I used to say, that the biggest advantage of a smartphone is that you have it always with you. But it’s not true for me anymore. I almost always have the camera with me now. You never know when you will need it. I think the biggest advantage of the camera is the lenses. The quality of smartphone cameras output is really fascinating now, but it still can’t beat the output of a true fast lens. And nice bokeh is an eye-catcher. However, there is something interesting in smartphone photography, and I think I was much more creative in postproduction at that time.
I love nature in my home country Slovakia, and I travel there a few times a year. The High Tatras are really beautiful mountains.
RIGHT: Fuji X-T30 . Fuji XF16mmF1.4 @16mm . f/2.0 . 1/180″ . ISO 800
I love the golden hour and nighttime. I love sunrises the most, but I am too lazy to wake up, so 95% of my golden hour photos are sunsets. And I love night photos, the stars, light trails, and especially city nights during rain, when all the lights reflect everywhere.
RIGHT: Fuji X-T30 . Samyang 12mmF2 @12mm . 60″ . ISO 640
I had an X-T30 and I was really happy with it. But there were few reasons to upgrade. The main reason is IBIS. I wanted to start making more videos. And I hate gimbals. There is often a situation when you see something interesting and you want to capture it quickly. There is no time for gimbal balancing. And I also hate tripods, for the same reason.
I love it. It has everything I need now. IBIS for quick videos and low light photos, excellent handling, weather resistance and of course it looks really nice, and it’s not very big. Maybe only IBIS for videos could be a little bit better, but I know that it’s not a gimbal.
I love extremes. So I almost don’t shoot in the 18-50mm range. I really love my 16mm F1.4, and when 16 is not enough, I use the Samyang 12mm F2. However, most of the time I have on my camera the 50-140mm F2.8. You know, if you have something interesting in front of you, a wide-angle lens is the best. But the tele lens makes interesting almost anything. And I can’t forget, my favourite lens all-time is the 56mm F1.2. You can make miracles with that lens.
RIGHT: Fuji X-T4 . Fuji XF16mmF1.4 @16mm . f/2.8 . 1/125″ . ISO 160
For photography, I use Adobe Lightroom, because I like the freedom of the cloud. I upload my photos on my computer, then I can edit them on my tablet and share them on social networks on my phone. Or I can upload it directly to the tablet when I am travelling. So I edit my RAW photos in Lightroom, I don’t use any presets, I like the editing process, so I always edit a new series of photos from zero. I also love using profiles, especially the Fujifilm simulations.
RIGHT: Fuji X-T30 . Fuji XF56mmF1.2 @56mm . f/1.2 . 1/4000″ . ISO 160
Born in Slovakia but based in Prague, Czech Republic, I am a music composer and producer, guitarist, photographer, video maker and software engineer. I love everything about cinematography. My dream is to work on world top movies, as a music composer or director of photography.