‘If you have a photographic idea – follow it.’ Most of the private photographers want wo public their pictures online and make an own photography blog. But how much time do you need for a good online website and when is the best time for the start of a blogging website? PA1 has talked to Ronny Ritschel – he combines photography and blogging at his own website.
PA1: Hello Ronny, tell us something about you and your photography website!
Ronny: Hi there… I am Ronny, international award winning photographer, bestseller author and workshop leader. The past three/four years I travelled quite a bit, mainly to build up my portfolio but also for a photography book which I wrote in 2012. My photography has taken me to various places around the world including Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and the United States. My photographs have been presented at national and international exhibitions, published in well-known magazines and also be found in private collections in North America and Europe.
I started taking pictures in late 2006 and over the years, have become specialized in fine art, landscape, architecture and street photography. At this time, I also began developing photographs to enhance my understanding of the picture taking process. After nearly two years of taking pictures using analogue equipment and spending most of my time in the darkroom, I switched to digital.
In 2012, I am now using both methods. As a “hybrid” photographer I currently use a Nikon and a large format 8×10 and 4×5 film camera. I am living and working in Canada and Germany. Besides my work as a photographer, I am also the publisher of the German photography blog magazine blogtimes.info. In 2015 I redesigned my website to focus more on my work rather then have to much text.
PA1: When did you start with your first website and how much time do you spend for the support every week?
Ronny: I started my first website in 2009 and since then I redesigned it a couple of times. I don’t spend that much time on the website, only when I am uploading new images.
PA1: I’ve seen, you like urban photography in the United States and in Canada. What are your favourite subjects and places for these shootings?
Ronny: Oh well, there are really no favourite subjects. It all depends on the location, the weather and my ideas. I like shooting in big cities across Northern America. They all just so divers and I like exploring them with my camera.
PA1: What should young photographers observe during a real urban shooting? Means camera settings, equipment, props….
Ronny: That’s not an easy question. I also teach urban photography and it would take a whole day to describe it all. Camera settings and equipment are important but not in terms of brands and types. It’s more like you have to know your camera and use the appropriate settings in the right moment.
To break it down. I am always looking for the right background to compose my image and then I wait…. I wait for the right moment to capture my special view.
PA1: It must be hart, to wait for the perfect urban picture. There’re so many people crossing your camera, I’m guessing. Do you have a ritual to avoid these situations?
Ronny: Well, yes it’s not easy to always get the picture I want. That’s also the reason why my portfolio grows pretty slow. I mainly use a large format film camera and sometimes I wish I had some minutes just by myself without all the people crossing in front of my camera.
PA1: Do you have a “photography idol”, or someone you’re following?
Ronny: Nope… I never had! That doesn’t mean I don’t follow other photographers. I do like the work from different photographers and take my inspiration out of it.
PA1: And finally, do you have 5 tips for our new photographers, how they can start their photography career.
- If you have a photographic idea – follow it.
- Don’t ask for critics on social media channels – They never tell you the truth.
- If you like a photographic style – try to figure out what you like on it and use it for your own pictures (light settings, long exposure, post processing….)
- Be part of photography meet-ups in your town. You will meet new people and can arrange photo walking tours to improve your photographic eye.
- Never give up… There might be more downs than ups. Try not to hard to be perfect or think that the newest equipment is always the best. It’s still you behind the camera who takes the picture.
- Try some film 🙂