Thanks Hugo for taking time to share your photography with the readers of JRP Blog.
Hugo Romano: Thank you James for your interest in my work and the opportunity you gave me to be featured in your blog.
JRP: Where do you call home Hugo?
Hugo Romano: I’m from a little province called Tucuman in the north of Argentina. It’s located 1000 miles from Buenos Aires. I moved to Israel many years ago, and I’m living now in a little city called Kfar Sava near Tel Aviv.
JRP: How did you get your start in photography? Have you had any formal training?
Hugo Romano: I started serious art photography in 2003. I haven’t had formal training but was in contact with excellent photographers who taught me their point of view on art photography. I can give you some relevant names like Jorge Duro and Luis Rene Morilla from Argentina, Santos Moreno Villar from Spain, Yuri Bonder from Israel, and Igor Laptev from Canada.
I read a large amount of magazines and books related to this art. I also learn from seeing hundreds of good photographs every week as well. Today I’m a member of a PSA organization.
JRP: What camera equipment do you make use of? What is in your camera bag?
Hugo Romano: You’ll find in my bag my camera a Canon 30D. My lens, a Canon 70-200 f4L, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, and Tokina 12-24 f4. A remote switch, RS-80N3. Filters ND2, ND4, grad filters ND4 and ND8, polarizer filters for both 77mm and 67 mm. Cokin ringers and holders, some lens cleaners, CF memories and photo bank.
JRP: What software do you use in your digital workflow?
Hugo Romano: I generally use in my workflow Digital Photo Professional raw converter of Canon and Photoshop.
JRP: I am partial to your portraiture. What inspires you during a shoot? Is your work all available light or do you use any artificial lighting and or reflectors?
Hugo Romano: I always prefer natural light in my works than artificial lighting, however in a few cases I used artificial lighting and reflectors. My portraiture is related to my feeling and mood that are expressed from a different point of view in each of them and are unique. I talk with people and explain to them what I’m looking for before I start capturing photographs but if I’m shooting portraits in the streets I haven’t time enough to do it so my captures are straight forward.
JRP: During a photo shoot like your images from “Jerusalem” how did you secure the cooperation of your subjects?
Hugo Romano: Well, in general it’s not easy to get good cooperation with subjects so you have to be a photo hunter more than an art photographer. People react in front of the camera generally or simply go away when they see you. This is especially true of religious people who are the most interesting subjects of that place. A lot of my captures where obtained early at the morning around 6:30 – 7:00 am. In one hand all streets are empty in the old city and you feel free to work. On the other hand lighting is much more appropriated to art captures at those hours.
JRP: What has been some of your most memorable landscape photos to date? Give us an idea of how and why the image came into being and any problems you may have had during it’s capture.
Hugo Romano: The most memorable landscape I have had till now is called “Symphony of the evening”. That day was just a perfect day for a sunset. I could get many interesting captures, the ocean was calm, and the sky and clouds were marvelous.
The capture of the image depends on many factors. The first one is to know the skill of these types of photographic captures. That includes possessing of the necessary elements, use of a tripod, and filters in order to obtain good images.
The second factor just as important as the first one is the climate. Without good weather it is not possible to do an excellent capture only good captures. You can face several problems but one of them is preventive, check your equipment is a high priority.
The rest is related to the weather conditions and the state of the area. Verify the weather before you go out. To get better shots you have to know that hours for such landscapes are best at sunrise or sunset. I recommend the time an hour before sunset or sunrise at least.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Hugo Romano: Work on composition more than technique. Pay attention to advice given by respectable photographers. Work hard and enjoy what you are doing, and be patient.
JRP: What advice do you have for a photographer starting out?
Hugo Romano: You have to practice. Ask and learn from the criticism of serious photographers. There are two ways to be a better photographer, one is by working hard (this is my case), and the second is to have received a divine gift of art and photography (there are few cases).
JRP: Thank you Hugo for sharing your thoughts and photography with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you.
Hugo Romano: Thank you very much for this interview. I want to see more interesting photographers on your blog.
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