Portrait, traveler and landscape photographer based in Padua, Nico Ruffato is here to prove that a photographer with “vision” can accomplish anything with his camera.
How do you as a photographer make sure that the thing, person or landscape you want to shoot looks the way you want it to?
For me the key thing, as it always is in photography, is the light! Normally I look for soft and low contrast lights, whenever possible I like the most mysterious atmospheres.
From your point of view, what makes a good picture?
A photo must be well composed, have good light and tell a story . It is not important that it is an extraordinary story, the important thing is that the photo tells something and gives an emotion.
Since the photography techniques and equipment change quickly, it is important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
In any business it is important to stay up to date, not just in photography. Today everything runs fast, perhaps too fast! I think it is important to know what’s new in the market, but above all to understand if something can really help or not. We must not fall into the trap of the market. It is good to remember that the history of photography was made with machines and devices that now may seem primitive, but if used well, things can produce beautiful photographs! Better to have ideas than the latest model of camera.
Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?
In my opinion it is not the camera or the phone that makes the difference between a professional photographer or a hobbyist photographer. I think the real difference is in having a “vision”, knowing how to transform a banal scene into something emotional and artistic. The professional should always know how to bring home the result, it is also true that there are hobby photographers who know how to take amazing photos precisely because they are outside the logic of the business and therefore free to express themselves.
Which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it? Who influenced you the most?
It depends on the type of photography. For example, in portraits I prefer fixed lenses, while in landscape I prefer zooms. Lately I particularly love the 35mm f1.4 Sigma and the 85mm f1.4 Sony. I use the same goal for travel reportage. For the landscape, however, I love to use from wide angle to tele. I recently bought the sony 12-24f4 which I am loving so much!
Is there any other photographer that you considers as a kind of idol?
Anyone of us has had or should have references, it matters! Our idols are like fire stations, they help us to have a direction and trying to imitate them means finding solutions. In the portrait obviously Peter Lindberg, Annie Leibovits. However, the recent photographer who inspired me the most was Dan Hecho. In the landscape the immense Ansel Adams, the father of modern photography.
What, in your opinion, is most important to consider while shooting portrait pictures?
In the portrait, the first thing to consider is the psychological relationship with the person. Psychology first and then photography. When the model is at ease you can do things that cannot be sold!
Which editing software do you usually use?
I use Lightroom Classic and photoshop, the two programs are made to work together.
I’ve also used Capture One for some time, but the combination of Lightroom with Photoshop is unbeatable. Besides these I use other programs / plugins: Nik Ciollection, Exposure X6.
As how good would you describe your skills in that software?
I am an advanced user of both Lightroom and Photoshop. Post production is one of the things I like most about digital photography, because I can be in control of all the stages.
In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?
When I can I try to dedicate myself to the landscape, I like to be in the midst of nature and feel part of it. I try to avoid photos of birthdays or parties of relatives.
“A photo must be well composed, have good light and tell a story.”
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