I'm Thomas Kakareko, an urban and street photographer based in Berlin. I started photography and especially street photography back in 2010. At first, I was sharing my photos on Instagram and through time people started to notice my work. My account, @thomas_k, has grown a lot since and became very popular in Germany. Because of this, I've had the opportunity to exhibit my work around the world and get featured in various media.
For my test of the Sony Alpha 7CR, I travelled from Valencia to Barcelona – an area of Spain I know and love a lot for their unique architectures and streets.
You were one of the first to test the Alpha 7CR - what were your first impressions and standout features for you?
Testing the camera was exciting for the type of photography I do. The first thing I noticed was how small and easy to carry it is. The camera is discreet which is really important to capture candid shots on the streets and for street photography in general. The overall experience is very smooth and intuitive. Between the new AI based autofocus and in body stabilisation, you can really feel the power behind such a small camera. It makes my work so much easier when taking quick snaps. As I am also more and more shooting video – I really liked the small function added at the back of the camera. You have a dial dedicated to switch from photo and video which really help creators like me to quicky change from one another and capture the moment.
In my trip, I captured a few shots from Muralla Roja which is my favourite place. Having such a high resolution inside this camera made me realise new details I hadn’t seen before. I can’t believe how far technology has come in the Sony Alpha system. Between the portability and the power of this camera – it felt very liberating for my artistic vision and inspired me to shoot more.
How will those features impact/help the type of photography/content creation you and others in the same field do?
The two big factors for me are size and ease of use for street photography. It is a game changer; it’s light and so carrying it all day was no issue at all and it's small enough that I can be very discreet with it and capture moments without being intrusive. It allowed me to blend into the surroundings and capture authentic scenes.
I am also prioritising the moment over the perfect composition. For that, you need something that can be reactive even if you realise when editing that your image contains elements you do not necessarily want. The alliance of 61MP and a good in body stabilisation ensures that I get sharp shots easily but also can crop later my image to get the best framing and focus on the subject I captured. These two elements are essential to enable me to shoot more freely while providing me with an abundance of details and the essence of the scene.
The Alpha 7CR aims to provide professional and enthusiast photographers the image quality, operability, and autofocus performances they need to carry out their projects. Do you think it achieves this goal?
I believe for my type of work – it is really a great partner for creativity. Whether you shoot at a slow pace or shoot quick candid shots in a busy city like Barcelona – you have the resolution and autofocus to match your style. The Alpha 7CR is so easy to operate that you can adapt to any situations and capture the details of everyday life. This camera isn't just a tool, it's a dependable partner in my creative process.
Lenses & accessories are another core component of creating images. Which Sony lenses and accessories did you use for your initial test and why?
During the test, I had a set of lenses that covered a range of needs. For wandering around, the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II lens was my go-to for its versatility and incredible image quality. In low light scenes and for a “classic” street look, I also opted for the FE 35mm f/1.4 GM and FE 50mm f/1.4 GM lenses. Both provide incredible sharpness and compliment a lot the compactness of the Alpha 7CR. For very specific shot from afar or when I try to bring the background of a scene forward, I like using the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II. Each lens had its own unique qualities and character which give me a different perspective on the way I capture the streets of a city.
What advice would you give content creators who look up to you and your work?
Stay passionate and curious. Nowadays, everyone has a camera, so what sets you apart is your unique perspective and eye. Don't be afraid of failing; they're just opportunities to learn and grow. Push your photographic boundaries and keep evolving.
Any last words?
A big thank you to everyone who's been a part of my photographic journey. For those starting in photography, remember to stay true to your vision and enjoy the process.
"As a photographer I try to become invisible – I capture situations and moments and the less I am being noticed, the better the outcome."