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Interview with photographic artist @nala_rinaldo

laliouWhen it comes to stunning nature and landscape photography, there are few Instagram talents like @nala_rinaldo. We’ve long been fans of his wonderful ability to capture sumptuous light of far-off exotic places.

Nala was a recent runner-up in a competition that we sponsored. So we got in touch to see if he’d like to do an interview with us – and we were delighted that he agreed. So, read on to find out more. 

When did you join Instagram and why?

I joined Instagram about 3.5 years ago…because I loved taking pictures with my iPhone.

What equipment do you use to shoot?

I was only taking iphone shots until I reached 230,000 followers. Then I bought my first DSLR Canon 6D as a gift to myself for reaching the 200K mark! That was 2 years ago. Then, when I lost my Canon 6D, I bought a Canon 5D but sadly that was broken by big wave on the beach! Now I am using a Canon 7D mark ii. The only other items of equipment I use are Gopro Hero 3+ & iPhone 5s.

What do you use to edit your photos?

For Instagram 99% of the time I only edit using Snapseed and sometimes Filterstorm. But for selling my photos I edit using Photoshop.

What is your favourite shot that you’ve published on Instagram?

Haha…what a silly question – how do I choose from my 1880 posts?!? Hahaha!

If I have to choose it would be one of these:

Nala Rinaldo, Using iPhone 4

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 6D

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 5D mark iii

Nala Rinaldo, Using GoPro Hero 3+

Nala Rinaldo, Using Canon 7D mark ii

Has Instagram changed your approach to photography & if so how?

Because of my love for Instagram, photography is now my weekend job!!

What inspires you?

Good movies, good artists and good music.

Who are your favourite Instagrammers?

As a person : @dotzsoh
As a photographer : too difficult to choose! So many with different styles!

What is your favourite shot of theirs?

See my answer above! My favourites are painters, musician and film makers that influence me: Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt , Claude Monet, Tim Burton, Michael Gondry and David Lynch.

How do you promote your work?

I never think to promote it. I am the kind of person that only follows my heart, doing what I feel is right.

To what do you attribute your success on Instagram?

I didn’t think I was popular until recently, but on this stage it’s made me confident that my taste and skill in photography have almost reached a professional photography level.

What do you do for a living outside of Instagram?

I make TV shows.

What advice would you give to Instagram newbies?

Keep creating and follow your own heart

If you’re not already one of @nala_rinaldo‘s 660,000 followers, why not check out more of his beautiful photography and follow him?

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