Laurin Rinder is an old school and successful photographer. It gives me great pleasure to feature him as our Photographer of the week.

For this weeks featured photographer of the week we searched for a different kind of photographer, one who has been in the industry a long time. You might call him old school but he is by no means out of date. For this weeks featured photographer I present you Laurin Rinder of Hollywood California.
Laurin is a west coast renaissance man who seems to have done everything and been everywhere. When you read his profile and resume he has covered the gamut of fine art painting, music and photography. I think he even told me that he is an avid inventor.
His professional career really began as a musician, well I will let him tell the story here :
“One of my first musical memories was the trumpet my dad gave me in 1953, which led to my playing the drums in 1954. He also gave me a Leica camera which was the beginning of a very long relationship with photography and art….which continues to this day. I became the school photographer taking all the shots for the newspapers and yearbook. I carried around a 4×5 speed Graflex and spent nights in the darkroom. My music career took off very early and I played drums on some of the earliest rockabilly and R&B hits of the late 50’s and early 60’s. During a music career that spanned 35 years I was fortunate to play on some of the biggest records of all time. I also produced and composed the music for hundreds of tv shows and films and produced over 45 hit jazz and R&B albums. During all those years in music I never stopped working with photography and art. I owned and ran a successful photo studio in Laguna Beach where I shot at least 15 album covers, photographed numerous women for the Eileen Ford agency and did catalog work for magazines and worldwide antique dealers. I have exhibited my photography and paintings throughout L.A. in one-man shows, as well as group exhibits, and have collectors around the world.”
Laurin believes that the artist’s eye dictates the resulting imagery more than any bells-and-whistles gear ever could. “Nothing else matters – it’s all about your eye,” he explains. If you asked him what camera or lens to buy this would be a typlical answer “I must start off by saying that “THE CAMERA YOU USE MEANS NOTHING. “This is absolutely true. You can buy a $10,000 necklace, but that will not make you a better photographer. You can buy a $200 camera on E-Bay that will shoot sharper images than any $8,000 DSLR, but that means you must put in the time and actually learn photography. A $200 used Rolleiflex, Yashicamat or Rolleicord can blow away a $4000 doctor Leica. (sorry – we call those doctor cameras.) If you want to shoot 4×5 or larger, god bless you. I just am not able to deal with that anymore….paying for Polaroid film, for regular film (which is disappearing quickly) and processing. It’s too expensive and time consuming for me now and who wants to wash fiber based prints at 3 am for 2 hours? not I. Photography is and will always be “about the light” not the camera, film, or a gazillion pixels. I have seen stunning 18×24 inch prints made with 3 and 4 megapixel cameras and I’ve seen horrible 8×10 inch prints from $30,000 22 megapixel cameras. What does that tell you?”
As an old school photographer he had a hard time making the switch to digital that has all changed now. “Looking back just five years I would scoff at the notion of not using film. Well, I guess you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. What did it for me was on one of those endless nights at 4 am after standing up for ten hours in the darkroom with the smell, falling asleep waiting for prints to wash so I could dry them. I figured I should check this digital thing out – tough decision after 45+ years! For the last three years or so if I wasn’t off in Europe shooting for a client, I would take to the road at every chance I could get. I would go for a few weeks and shoot everything I saw. Each time I would take the newest state-of-the-art digital camera, as well as many film cameras. I would shoot both formats to do my own testing on the subjects. Every time I returned from one of these trips, I’d end up selling another film camera, then another. Until the last time I went with only one which was sold upon my return. (Hooray for E-Bay!) Needless to say digital has changed my life. Now, at least I can sit at my computer and process images, BUT it has not made me a better photographer, only more efficient.
Considering all that he has done in his life he is surprisingly approachable and friendly. Over the years Laurin has accumulated over 91,455 images since 1965. All of them safely and well organized.
“One of the earliest in my library is a shot taken 36 years ago of the actress Susan Anton. Of course at the time she was kind of unknown except she was Miss california. I was in a studio here in hollywood shooting a album cover of a rock band and the agent of the band was her agent also, She stood in the wings with a evening dress on and caused a few hearts to drop. I pulled her over and took a few snaps. I recently ran into her and told her the story and sent her a copy. She still looks amazing.”
Shooting stock photography was a natural fit for Laurin both RM (Rights Managed) and RF (Royalty Free). He has learned many things through the years and is willing to share some of his insights in this field.
“To do well and actually make money at this you need the following:

  • Quality Images
  • Extreme variety
  • The best Keywords and descriptions you can come up with that directly relate to the image only.
  • Numbers of images, Vast numbers of Images!!! 200 is a starting point, 800-900 is good
  • No snapshots, Try to imagine “What am I selling with this Image”
  • Use the very best equipment you can If your serious about this, It’s not impossible But, very tough to take professional pictures with Amateur cameras.
  • Take the time and Learn Real Photography; don’t let the camera think for you.
  • Try your best to stay away from all the goofy software that you think you must have and learn to shoot it right, You will have no noise or shouldn’t anyway. Even with small cameras.
  • Do your job, Shoot as much as you possibly can.
  • OH, did I mention KEYWORDS< KEYWORDS”

Laurin has been enjoyable to work with and is a valuable asset to the Fotolia member base. You can see more of his work on Fotolia.com by clicking here or visiting www.rinderart.com
Here is a list of the equipment he uses.
My Equipment
2-D2x Bodies
1-D-70 Backup
Tamron Lense’s 11-18di/17-35di//28-300di/90portrait,macro/300 2.8 Nikon Lense’s 17mm-55mmS 2.8/70mm-200mm S-VR 2.8/50mm 1.4
TC1711E TeleConverter
All filters from moose peterson, warm[81a]+PL cir
Lee Adapters and hoods
Op/tech straps
4-Lexar 80x 4gb Cf cards
Monster Batteries
Kirk Flash Extender
Hardware
Dell 8250
5 Gb ram
200Gb hard drive
Gforce vid card
Dell 8600 laptop
1Gb ram
1 western digital terabyte ext hard drive
2-22″Lacie electron blue 1v monitors
Lighting
4-Nikon sb800’s
Hot Light’s from Hensel
3-500ws Hensel Integra monoblocks
westcott softboxes
Pocket Wizard Plus
Sekonic l-358 w/transmitter
Software
Photoshop cs
Paint Shop Pro
Nikon View
Nikon Capture
Nero cd burn
ACDSEE Image Browser
Plug-ins
Auto Eye
Focus Magic
Imaging Factory
Neat Image
Nik Sharpening
Genuine Fractuals
Photo Wiz
Qimage
Virtual Photographer
FMDRI-pro
PRINTERS
Epson 2400
Epson 7600