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Red River Pros: Tony Bonanno

Tony Bonanno at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Fine art photographer

Tony Bonanno is based in Santa Fe, NM and travels worldwide to shoot architecture, travel, documentary, corporate events, editorial and fine art photography. His clients include the National Park Service, Intel, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, HGTV, Schott AG, and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. He teaches at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and is active as a board member and officer of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Tony Bonanno - Fine Art Photographer
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The Client

Personal Project for the fine art and editorial market.

The Assignment

Capture the raw power, grace and beauty of a western horse roundup.

The Execution

“I shot from the ground at sunset and sunrise (no flash, just natural light) and moved fast (no tripod) to keep the wranglers and horses back and side-lighted which gave depth and drama to the clouds of dust. When chasing fast-moving images like this, it’s important that you pre-scout the area for hazards so you don’t get hurt. Try to anticipate where the action is moving and allow yourself space to move fast and get into a new position quickly. Finally, don’t try to compose in the viewfinder; the action is too fast and erratic. Just go wide, point and shoot! This image was taken using a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Image Stabilized "L" lens mounted on a full-frame Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. Exposure was 1/320 sec at f/8 in Aperture Priority Mode.”

Post Production

“At the time this series was shot, my RAW file conversions were processed with Capture One but currently I use Adobe Lightroom for RAW file processing, B&W conversions and noise reduction. I also use Photoshop for cropping, sharpening, toning and for upping the resolution when clients require larger sized prints.”

The Output

“I’ve been outputting digital prints for more than a decade, using both Canon and Epson large format pigment printers in my studio. My studio shelves contain more Red River papers than any other brand because they offer an unmatched value for my clients in terms of quality and cost. My favorite photo surface is Red River Ultra Pro Satin and it’s become a studio standard. I’ve been a Red River customer for many years, not just for their wide range of quality papers, but also for their excellent customer support.”


Tony Bonanno’s website is His Hooves & Dust portfolio may be viewed at Email Tony at: [email protected].

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

Polar Gloss Metallic 255

Your images will take on a brilliant, almost luminescent quality with Polar Gloss Metallic 255. Everything from airplanes to flowers will look bolder, more saturated, and more real.

Favorite Of: Dan Shepherd

Last updated: December 12, 2023

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