Rawsie Live with Govinda Rumi
Govinda Rumi is a "spontaneous wedding photographer" (as revealed in our interview J) based in Bali and known around the world. Govinda is the founder of Terralogical, and grew the team of photographers to a large community recognised wordwide. He's now working solo and is a sought after wedding and elopement photographer. Govinda does amazing film shoots when travelling, and his digital work has a distinct cinematic in-depth look.

As he says about himself: For me being an intrepid photographer and traveler means no holds barred, always pushing boundaries of what’s possible and imaginable, combined with digging deep into my passion for discoveries and experimentations.

— Is your equipment linked to the creative component, or you just use anything you like? How do you use technology to represent your creative style?
There are two types of lenses which I like to use: wide portrait lens for sharp look and manual lens for older cinematic, soft look for foggy effects. I like to mix both of them. Moreover, I like to use autofocus for fast-paced, street photography, and manual lens for portraits and settle moments. It's a mix between the old and the new stuff.

It doesn't matter whether the camera is big or small. Sometimes I know for a specific place it would be great if I had a shallow depth of field. But for spontaneous kind of shooting I would bring a light camera, so I can move around quicker. So I would say that it depends on a shoot itself.
— How do you prepare your photoshoots?
The hardest thing for me is choosing the camera with which I am going to shoot. That is usually where I have my doubts. Should I bring this or not? Then location is also a big factor for choosing the lenses. Will it be an open space? Will it be empty? I'd perhaps take a wider or zoom lens. Will it be dark, narrow moody place? I'd take another type of lens. Choosing the lenses is very important for me.
— Working with couples, what matters to you most?
For me ideally is getting to know the client first before the shoot. Because we can see how we see things and we can communicate our ideas more freely then. I had certain experiences where I’ve never seen them before and met them for the first time at the photoshoot. Then it could be confusing to me, I may be second guessing: “What do they want? Do they like what I have in mind?”. That’s why I think communication is very important before shoots.
— You are the master of a shoot. You know what would look great and best. To which extend it is important what the client wants/expects and what you think will look good? Do you compromise sometimes?
Yes. If they saw my portfolio – means they like my photos, that’s a given. But sometimes there are certain things/images that they have in their mind, and I will try to visualize what they want as well. So it's a mix of both.

As Fer said in your interview before, there are two types of shoots: sometimes you shoot for yourself, and sometimes you shoot for your clients. Once you develop your distinct style - you shoot more for yourself. But you need yo get to that point. When you make it for clients - there is a lot of compromising. When you make it for yourself - you can express yourself freely.
— If you could keep one camera and one lens – what will they be?
Fuji x100V. I think I can shoot everything with this camera.
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