Interview with Amsterdam Based Photographer Jinna van Ringen

Jinna van Ringen Interview

How did you get into photography? Were you always passionate about photography?

I’ve always been interested in art and photography, but I started to get into photography myself  after I graduated from high school. I purchased my first dslr and started to experiment with different settings and I spent days on looking for inspiration. I soon found my passion for landscape and travel photography.

Dutch Sunset

What inspires you to shoot landscapes?

In this day and age we are so busy with material things and often forget about the world around us. I think it is important to appreciate nature. The earth is a spectacular place and I love to capture scenes that are pure and untouched by humans. To me there is no greater feeling than standing knee-high in the water, capturing the beauty of this earth.

17 Mile Drive

Your long exposure photos are especially beautiful. What is your usual setup when shooting on location?

Thank you! When shooting landscapes I use my Canon 5D mark II with a Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens and a vanguard tripod. I also use various Neutral Density filters from LEE and Singh Ray. The Singh Ray reverse ND grad is my favorite filter.

In the Clouds

Some of your photos are of places or landmarks that have been captured on camera plenty of times. How do you make your photos stand out?

I am not a fan of touristy and unoriginal shots, but when capturing the Eiffel Tower for example it can be quite hard to create an original image. I try to wait for perfect lighting conditions or search for different point of views like alleyways or reflections in rain puddles. It often happens that I am somewhere and don’t bother to take a photo because it would turn out like every other photo.

Golden City - Eiffel Tower

Do you take the time to review your photos on location, or do you just shoot and then review the images later?

It depends. If there is enough time to review photos on location, I do. But most of the time I just shoot and review them later. I do however always check whether or not my photos are in focus, not overexposed and have a straight horizon.

krysuvik church

As a photographer, where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I hope to have added more international publications to my name. I recently worked for Hugo Boss, which I really enjoyed, so I’d love more assignments like that. It would be great if I could go fulltime with my photography, but I don’t want to take on every assignment just because I need to pay my bills because I want to stay passionate about photography. My biggest dream is to be published in National Geographic Magazine one day.

Jinna van Ringen in front of Hugo Boss

Can you tell us a bit about your post-processing workflow?

I post-process my photos in Adobe Lightroom 4. I try not to do too much post processing; I tweak the exposure, white balance, curves and vibrance. Then I export the photo to Adobe Photoshop and adjust the curves a little more and sharpen the photo if necessary.

Light Up the Sky

Considering you are based in the Netherlands, your love for the United States clearly shows through your photographs. What is it about the US that attracts you so much? 

I’ve always wanted to move to the United States, even before I visited. I think it’s the immensity of the country and the diversity of the nature and landscapes that attracts me. I love California (who doesn’t?). You can go from amazing coastlines in Big Sur to the empty and eerie deserts of Death Valley. Also, people in the Netherlands can be quite grumpy and unfriendly as opposed to Americans who are (at least in my experience) friendly and always interested in who you are and what you do.

Do not feed birds


I am a 25-year-old self taught landscape and travel photographer from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From a young age on I have been interested in art and nature. After graduating from high school I got my first DSLR camera. My dream was to show others my view of the world and I wanted to capture photographs that would inspire others. I soon found that I was passionate about photography more than anything else.

Jinna Van Ringen Photographer

My work has been published in various international photography magazines, on the website of National Geographic and I have won multiple photography contests for Dutch photography magazines.

Jinna van Ringen Photographing

To me there’s no greater feeling in the world than standing knee-high in the water, capturing moments that are otherwise forever lost. When I’m taking photos I forget about everything else and I’m happier than I could ever be. I am thankful that I get the opportunity to do what I really love and to travel the world and meet amazing people.

Jinna van Ringen with Polaroid

My Gear:
Canon EOS 5D mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
LEE ProGlass ND filters
LEE Graduated ND filters

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Attila Kun

Attila Kun

Attila is the founder and editor-in-chief of Exposure Guide. He is an avid photographer, graphic designer, bedroom DJ and devoted Mac addict. Attila got his first DSLR camera, a Canon 10D, back in 2003 and he has been hooked on photography ever since.