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Interview: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz - Amazing Puddle Reflections Taken With Smartphone

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Guido Gutierrez Ruiz sets aside his SLR camera and uses only his smartphone to take pictures for his travels.

He proves that you don’t need a heavy and an expensive gadget to create beautiful photographs.  As Guido says, “what makes a great picture isn’t necessarily the equipment, but the moment that’s captured the composition, etc.  Sharing with everyone the importance of creativity and to take the most out of what you have – using and trying out different techniques.”

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

He enjoys taking pictures that tell a story with a full range of emotion.  He focuses on rain puddles, positioning the camera lens as close as possible to the water to capture the stunning reflections.

Guido has already published a series of photos titled “The Parallel World of Puddles”.  The photos were taken from different cities in France, Canada, and Spain.

Visit his Instagram @guigurui or his Facebook Guigurui Images for more of amazing smartphone shots. 

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Please tell us something about yourself.

Guido Gutierrez Ruiz: My name is Guido Gutiérrez Ruiz and I am Canadian and Spanish (born in Toronto). 


Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Tell us about your mobile photography?

Guido Gutierrez Ruiz: I try for my pictures to have a “storytelling” image behind them, which just by looking at the picture, one can tell story.  I like to demonstrate, encourage people’s  creativity and show that you don't need a very expensive camera to take a nice photo.  All my pictures are made 100% without tricks or photoshop (only instagram tools)."

My pictures are never planned. They are taken when I simply like what I see. All the picture I take, are taken with my Google Nexus 5 smartphone, which makes it easy travel with during my travels.  As you might have seen in my instagram profile, I have take a few pictures with piddles.  They sometimes reveal the beauty of the unseen.  To most people, puddles are avoided but, to me, they can reveal a magical image of a parallel world.  It always interesting to capture the reflections of buildings, cars, people passing by, etc.

 Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Describe your creative process? What are your editing tools?

Guido Gutierrez Ruiz: I have a professional camera, but for my travels  I have learned to pack light.  And my camera is simply too big and heavy to take with me everywhere I go.  Then the process of downloading the pictures to my computer takes too long in comparison to the easyness of my Smartphone, and no photoshop needed.  I only use the tools available on Instagram.

 Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

What is your best mobile photography tip?

Guido Gutierrez Ruiz: Here are some of my tips.

1.  The first thing to do is clean the lens.  Most people do not realize that our cell phones are always on top of a table or in a pocket, gathering dust and dirt. The cleaning of the lens  ensures clarity and sharpness

2.  Be creative, occasionally look at reflections such as windows and mirrors ... Evey mirror or glass can give you a  different view.

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

3.  Elements.  Play with the elements of nature.  Clouds, birds and sun rays are good elements that usually come out well in a picture.  The use of people/shadows are also a good option as the side of a person or the back and creates its own intrigue creating a story

4.  Rain is not your enemy.  The next time there is a storm, go out, take a walk and take advantage of the puddles.  Some of their reflections can add pure magic to your photos.

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

Photo by: Guido Gutierrez Ruiz | Instagram: @guigurui

5.  Speed.  Often, shots in motion can leave an intereating picture. Either moving or static camera pointed at a moving object.

6. Perspective and depth.  Play with sharp lines and interesting angles (like looking up at a building) you see in your day to day ... long streets, hallways, etc. ... you can be surprised at how nice they can turn out.

All images are courtesy of Guido Gutierrez Ruiz.