Welcome to another Episode of Photographer Spotlight. I’m really excited to introduce Ronny García to you, he is a very talented portrait photographer from Colombia. Ronny shows aesthetically and technically perfect images. Get inspired and read all his tips and tricks to find out what it is that makes him so good in his field!
1) Tell us about yourself, where do you come from, what got you into photography and since how long do you photograph?
Ronny: I’m 28 years old, graphic and multimedia designer, I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. I’m self-taught and I love to spend hours on the computer searching for inspiration and ideas.
Part of my artistic endeavors stems from the fact that I started drawing at a young age. At the age of 24, I bought my first DSLR on a trip through Europe and two years ago I made it to the shortlist of the “EyeEm Awards”. Photography is one of those surprises life tends to give us, at least that’s what I can say about how I started. By late 2013 I came across some breath-taking photos on the internet, and that precise moment was a life-changer: that’s when I knew what I wanted to do with my life from that moment. And true to my inspiration, I grabbed some savings that very month, went to the store to pick a camera and started looking at life through my lenses.
2) How much time do you spend on photography on average?
Ronny: It all depends on the picture, but sometimes 1 hour or 2 and in other situations 6 hours.
3) What is the favorite photo you took and why?
Ronny: I think this (photo below) is my favorite (It’s a Self-portrait) because I was passing a difficult moment when I made this and it helped me a lot to move on.
4) Which gear do you mainly use / What is typically in your camera bag?
Ronny: My favorite lenses are my Canon 35mm f1,4 and my Canon 100 f2.
In my camera bag you will find:
• Canon 6D
• Canon 50mm f/1,4
• Canon 100mm f/2
• Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC
• Sigma Art 35mm 1.4
5) How do you prepare for an image?
Ronny: Most of my ideas are made first on paper, I try to plan as many things as possible in my pictures, from clothes to poses, thinking also about the atmosphere that the picture should have. Those details are so important for me in order to complete the final picture. After I completed all that stuff, post processing will be the next step. Post processing is very important for me because here I try to give the main idea the power it needs and to show what I had in my mind.
6) How important is post-processing for you? Can you tell us what kind of post processing you typically do?
Ronny: Like I already said, post-processing is a very important part of my process, because here I can express the exact idea which I had in my mind, from changing colors, adding elements or removing them away to make the message more clear. Most of the time it’s a mix between Lightroom and Photoshop, it depends on the picture which software I use to post-process the image. Normally I start adjusting the general lighting of the picture and then I play with all the tools that I find in Lightroom to get the best of the RAW file, after that I open Photoshop to make the color toning using curves, color balance, hue and saturation and many masks.
7) What’s the most challenging part about being a photographer?
Ronny: Living with what you like to do, honestly this is the hardest part of it (at least for me).
8) Do you have general advice and tips for other photographers?
Ronny: I think one of the tips that maybe sound so obvious but have helped me a lot is to PRACTICE, believe me, the more you practice the better you will be, no matter if the result is good or not, if people like it or not, just do it.
– Go and shoot with a purpose, for me it is very important to go and shoot with something in mind, in that particular way you won’t get blocked while you are with your model, remember they are waiting for you instructions.
– Think in the colors, colors are very important for a picture, because colors can tell you a whole story and might change the whole message of an image drastically. So think about which colors will could harmonize together (Clothes, Location, elements). Also if you don’t know much about colors, you can find Adobe color and see how many colors combinations you can use!
9) What are your future photography goals?
Ronny: To make some projects I have in my mind, to collaborate with more creative people and on top of all to keep doing this with the same passion and love that I have had from day one.