Interior photography (or architectural, if you like) - is the domain of the professional who works for the glossy magazines and sees the inside of the nicest homes, the poshest apartments and the plushest corporate offices.
Cape Town's foremost interior photographer, Ryno, is always on the trot. Because deadlines, whether in fashion photography, interiors or editorial, are sacred. And that's one of the first lessons the aspirant interior photographer should learn.
Ryon's been in the industry for 14 years, of which 8 or 9 years has been devoted to architectural and interior photography.
In setting a pricing structure, his recommendation for new photographers is to first check the client's budget and ask themselves if they're prepared to work for that rate. He charges a daily rate rather than an hourly one.
Ryno uses a Mamiya RB67 medium format, and for detail shots would revert to 35mm. Digital? No place yet for that in this industry, he says, because of the lack of quality available. Even on Phase One systems, he reckons.
Ryno only uses available light, at any time of the day, but preferably in subdued conditions, avoiding strong sunlight.
Kodak E100S for accurate colour and better reproduction. He found that his Fuji stock would go too yellow in repro stage, and changed to Kodak
His preferred lens
On the Mamiya, a 50mm (24-28mm equivalent to 35mm format) as well as a 90mm (50mm equivalent to 35mm format)
Ryno used to do fashion in the days when there were no interior design magazines. Somewhere along the line, a job came up. "It was incidental and I enjoyed it. There are no big (fashion) egos around!"
The toughest part of the job is client demands - Ryno has a certain way of shooting, which is not necessarily the way the client wants it.