Photography skills in motion expressing beauty and nature with RNS Photography

Brushing up on our love for Photography , beauty and nature combine…. today we put the spotlight on the beauty Cape Town South Africa has to offer in its beauty for modeling, nature and photography as our MOLL MAG South Africa   CEO Arne Schreuder sat down to interview Photography talent Riaan Swanepoel from  RNS Photography 






Welcome Riaan ,




1. Tell us a bit more about yourself and where you are based as a photographer ?


  • Sure, I am a hobbyist photographer based in Gordonsbay, Cape Town South Africa , I mostly shoot model portfolios but I have been known to make the odd appearance at weddings on special request. 🙂





2. How did your passion for Photography all start ?


  • I’ve always loved to take photos, my first bonus at work went to buying a small Fujifilm 2.1MP digital years ago. Shortly afterwards that was replaced by a Sony F828 and now I am on a Canon 5DSR. I had the opportunity to got on shoots in Cape Town with some very talented and generous photographers and I have been hooked since. Pretty much every chance I get to go out with my camera and learn from others I will take. I have been doing this for the better part of 8 years and I still learn something new every time.



3. Whats your genres of photography you focus on as a photographer ?


  • Mostly model portfolios or portraiture, stick to what you are good at I suppose. I do enjoy weddings, my favorite one was my cousins last year, being able to capture the special day for them was a lot of fun.





4. What do you prefer doing photo shoots on location or in studio and why ?



  • It usually depends on the project, but on location is so much more fun, if the location is very diverse then the possibilities are nearly endless.



5. Whats your hobbies other than photography ?



  • Motorcycle riding, I belong to The Syndicate club, cycling and paint ball gun tactical missions out in the nature are always fun to do for me.




6. In your own words explain to us what for you makes a memorable photograph as a photographer ?




  • Since I mostly shoot porfolios or portraiture, the feeling I get when I’ve done a shoot and I am able to present the photos to the person and to have them be totally amazed at how they look in the photos. Just makes me happy to be able to give someone a glimpse of what they look like to others.




7.  How does black and white photography  vs color photography play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate , or complementary?



  • Complimentary, they both have their own place and genre, but have so much more impact if properly used together.





8. What do you want your viewers to take away from your photography work you do ?




  • Just that beauty can by seen in anything, it just depends on how you look at it.



9. Who inspires you in photography and whom do you look up to for inspiration in the work you do as a photographer ?




  • I had the opportunity to shoot with many photographers in Cape Town, and to learn from them. So naming just one would be a bit difficult, lets just say I am open to input from anyone that inspires me.




10. What are your thoughts on working on single images versus photography projects ?



  • A single image is something I rarely go for as my projects are rarely focused n getting just one image. But I would approach both with pretty much the same intent, getting the best image I can with what I have to work with.




11. Tell us what is your go to photography editing program you use when you edit your photos from camera to desktop ?




  • Adobe Lightroom is my go-to editing suite with some edits taking place in Darktable, digiCam and GIMP, depending on if I have my laptop with me which has Linux loaded on it.





12. Photography equipment what is your go to camera equipment you use in the photo shoots you do ?


  • At the moment I have a Canon 5DSR in my bag with two Sigma lenses, the 24-70mm f2.8 and the 70-200mm f2.8. I have a Canon 580 EX II flash as well as a Photix 300w mobile studio light and the Elinchrom 400 and 200 watt studio kit. I carry 4 32GB SD cards for storage as well as my laptop that I use to download while shooting, another external usb drive is used to create copies.



13. What is the influence of digital technology on your photography ?



  • Quite a lot as I have never shot with anything other than digital. Its what I learned to shoot with. So new equipment or tools that can add to what I already have is something I always keep an eye out for.




14. What would be your ultimate dream  photo shoot you want to do and where would that be one day as a photographer for you ?



  • My dream photo shoot .. hmm, well its something I’ve always wanted to do, but I still need to learn how to actually do. Its to shoot in a studio and create digital liquid outfits. I’ve seen so many great photographers projects and I would love to do something similar.



15. Give us a glimpse on your next big photo shoot on your bucket list thats in the pipeline to come ?



  • One of the models I work with is very into the Native American culture and has a feather headpiece, we plan on using her make-up skills and the piece to shoot very natural nature orientated photos. Location, model and outfits have been sorted, I am just working on the date.





16. Where can we follow your work and projects on social media ?


  • You can follow at







FACEBOOK – RNS Photography 

TWITTER – @riaanswanepoel 


Website – 

Models : 

Andria & Celine

Location of photo shoot Cape Town Sir Lowries Pass & Bikini Beach , Gordons Bay , 


Article written and edits done by : 

Arne Schreuder / Arne Schreuder mollmagsa CEO 





Photography skills in motion expressing beauty and nature with RNS Photography
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