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