Monochrome lovers rejoice. Todays interview is with Rohan Reilly. If your active on 500px then you would have seen some of his work gracing the popular and editors pick pages. Thats where I found him, since then I’ve been amazed and the images he creates and he has even inspired me to have a little look at the world in black and white.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Rohan Reilly. I am 40 years old. I have been taking photographs for four years. I live in a small fishing village in Ireland. Previously I had been involved in the music business, running a record label, shop and a dj.
What made you get into photography?
I moved to Barcelona 4 years ago for 3 years. It was there that I found myself with a lot of free time and I loved the architecture there. I started to photograph the architecture of Gaudi, Calatrava and many others. Its a very inspiring city with lots of art galleries, amazing churches and quirky streets. So it was easy to become inspired there. I now live in a completely different world, but the natural landscape has replaced the man made architecture. Though I do like to blend both when I can.
How did you get started?
I bought a Canon 400d and a 50mm lens. I had already played around with photoshop for design purposes when running the record label so I could instantly start processing the images I took. This was a big advantage in some ways. I bought magazines and researched as much as I could on the internet. I joined Flickr and started uploading photographs. Flickr was very helpful for me and my photography, I learnt a huge amount looking at other peoples work, looking at the exif data and seeing how the shots were created. The feedback is great but rarely critical in any way so you have to develop good contacts and read between the lines, so you can get an idea of whats good and whats not.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I am focused on two styles of photography, black and white fine art landscapes being my passion and local and national colour landscapes which I sell locally. I also do client work on photoshoots and food.
What gear are you using?
I have a Canon 5D MK11, 550D, 17-40MM f4, 50mm 1.4 and a 85MM 1.8. I use a B+W ND110 filter for my long exposures, A cokin soft nd grad and a slik pro tripod. I use an IMAC with Lightroom and Photoshop for processing and a bamboo tablet for fine adjustments.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I have to say the 17-40mm as I use this the most. I love the 50mm and 85mm primes when the occasion suits but the 17-40 seems to be on the body all the time. It really is quite sharp and doesnt have vignetting issues of other wide angle lens I have used.
How are you marketing yourself?
I use Flickr, 500px and Facebook sites at the moment. I aim to start contacting magazines and entering competitions next year. I didn’t want to rush into these until I was comfortable with my output and had a body of work I felt I could show.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I think all situations are different, and i am not sure what advice I can give. I live in a small fishing village with a lot of tourists in the summer. I have had exhibitions the last two summers and my work has sold well, this has led me to go pro. It is a very fortunate situation i have found myself in. I also don’t have that much competition in the local area so I get asked to do all kinds of other photographic work as well. If I was still living in Barcelona, London or Dublin I am sure that I would be working at something else and photography would probably be a hobby.
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