Spotlight Interview … Photojournalist Daniel Rodrigues

Daniel Rodrigues, vencedor do primeiro prémio da categoria Vida Quotidiana do concurso de 2013 do World Press Photo

JRP: Daniel Rodrigues is a photojournalist based in Portugal. We are pleased to offer this glimpse into his photographic world. Thank you Daniel for sharing this time with us.

Daniel Rodrigues: The pleasure is all mine. Always good to have people interested in our work and help spread the word. I thank you.

JRP: Where in Portugal do you call home?

Daniel Rodrigues: In Porto, the second largest city in the country, which is north. A very beautiful city in which to live and perform street photography.

JRP: What led you to photography and photojournalism? Do you have any formal training?


Daniel Rodrigues: I always wanted to be a photographer. When I turned 18 and after viewing a Magnum photojournalism book I decided it was just what I wanted to do. Later, I took my professional course at the Portuguese Institute of Photography.

JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have inspired you and helped to define your approach to photography?

Daniel Rodrigues: The main ones are Cartier Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey, and John Stanmeyer. Each with their different style but all among the best in the world.

JRP: What tools would we find in your camera bag for a typical trip and shoot?

Daniel Rodrigues: We can find my Canon 5D mark III and my Leica M Monochrome. How I love to shoot close to the subject most often only walk around with a 24mm and a 50mm. Add to this my computer and my IPod as I like to relax listening to music while I’m shooting.

JRP: Is there one lens that you just can’t do without and why?


Daniel Rodrigues: Yes, the 24mm 1.4. Besides being an excellent lens with a fantastic cut, it is a wide-angle. I love to shoot with fixed lenses. I call the Zoom lenses, lazy lenses because the photographer is not having to move to get the shot.

JRP: Do you spend a lot of time processing images? Could you please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?

Daniel Rodrigues: A lot of time … no, not really. All of my images get nearly the same type of treatment. A certain type of treatment for color photographs and another treatment for black-and-white. The software I use is Lightroom.

JRP: Image printing, how do you handle that?

Daniel Rodrigues: Although I photograph with digital, I still like to sometimes work in the old way. When it comes to a big picture story, I like to print photos to help me choose the final images and see if the treatment is OK.

JRP: For you what is the most critical moment in the capture of an image?

Daniel Rodrigues: Knowing how to read the light is very important. We can not forget that photography is the LIGHT. So most important beyond the look is the measurement of light. It can make all the difference in the outcome.

JRP: Do you have any projects or exhibitions You are currently working on?

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Daniel Rodrigues: Right now I just finished a photo report about the lady boys in Bangkok, and my work on the Guajá Awa tribe is currently on display in Portugal. I’m conducting a more personal project for a future exhibition and that is to photograph the city of Porto, the city where I live. Photographing the people and landscape. This project is being done solely with the Leica M Monochrome and with a 50 mm lens.

JRP: If not photography what would Daniel Rodrigues be doing with his time?

Daniel Rodrigues: I love to watch movies. When I’m home and not editing photos I like to be on the couch enjoying my family and resting from my trips abroad.

JRP: What has been the best advice given you by another photographer?


Daniel Rodrigues: Never start doing projects or photo stories simply for money. In the end work done with love is much better than if done solely for money.

JRP: What advice would you share with photographers starting out?

People playing soccer ball on Ipanema beach at sunset, Rio de Janeiro.

Daniel Rodrigues: Shoot, shoot, and shoot! Even if it is the gate of your house. 🙂 Make things easy, read well the light, practice, and never give up!

JRP: Thank you Daniel for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It Has Been a real pleasure talking with you. We wish you continued success.

Daniel Rodrigues: The pleasure was all mine and thank you for your invitation.

JRP: To view more of Daniel Rodrigues’ photography please follow this link:


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