Interview With a Photographer | Noah Ragone

Where’s home?

Home for me is Honolulu, Hawaii. I made the move from the mainland 3 years ago and haven’t regretted a day since.

What is the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

My favorite place I’ve ever traveled is the American southwest. This is why I’ve made I’ve made 3 trips already and about to make a fourth to Havasupai Falls this summer. There’s nothing beats the wide open road, the clear desert night Skys, and all the countless parks and places to explore. 

How did you get started as a photographer?

Photography for me started with hiking. Once I moved and got into hiking I loved taking photos on my iPhone and I really wanted better memories. I taught myself everything I know about photography and it’s been a hobby ever since.  

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What camera equipment / software / tech do you use?  Any must haves?

I use a Sony a7rii so I don’t know if this question is applicable.

What photographers have influenced you, how you think and shoot?

My biggest influence has been Quin Schrock @everchanginghorizion. It’s his simplistic style to capture a moment how you would see it with the naked eye that really sets him apart to me and has inspired me to do the same.

Any top tips for Instagram?

The best advice I have for instagram is find your own style and don’t run with the trends. I would also say find the right balance from being able to post. Whether stories or photos, but never forget to enjoy the moment your in and don’t get too lost in your phone. There’s much more to see if we all just looked up more.

What are you trying to communicate through your photographs?

I would say the biggest thing I am trying to say with my photos and Instagram is there is a beautiful world out there and it doesn’t take much to get out and see it. I truly believe it’s important to not live vicariously through someone else’s adventures but go take your own adventure and make your own memories. 

What motivates you to continue doing what you’re doing?

My motivation to continue to adventure and travel is built on the belief that our generation does things differently. We no longer believe the 9-5 job is the only way to go because thats what our parents taught us. Or that we need to get settled down in a regular routine everyday for the rest of our lives. We now sleep out of vans, meet complete strangers through Instagram because we have similar interests, and most importantly were getting out there in our youth rather than waiting until retirement age because that's when were supposed to have all our free time says our parents. In short my motivation has ultimately come because I want to enjoy life now not later. 

Are you a bathroom singer?

No, I am not a bathroom singer never have been.

Do you have any advice for young aspiring photographers?

My advice for a new photographer looking to make it a hobby or a living is to believe in yourself. I currently am not doing it full time but I do believe that one day I will if I keep on the path that I am going. Just find your niche and run with it. Lastly DON’T over edit! That was my biggest mistake when I was learning, but simplistic styles are the best.

What are your goals for the future, regarding your work?

My goals for the future are to launch my own website  and to turn a hobby into an income. I really do enjoy the islands in which I live and I’d love to share that with visitors from around the world. 

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