Tomás San Andrés: Architectural photography
Pet Photography: Elke Vogelsang

Hello Jorge, please tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Portugal and live in Lisbon. Photography is where I find the serenity, tranquility and space for reflection. It serves as a round-trip ticket, each image has the ability to put feelings captured in the world of experiences and immortalize them on film. I collect memories of this world, emotions I felt at the moment.
I love to travel and experience new places, cultures and people.
Basically landscapes, cityscapes, architecture are my preferred subjects.

You have an amazing collection of Landscape photographs. What inspired you to get into landscape photography ?

One of my biggest inspirations is without doubt the work of Ansel Adams, just love the perfection of his images.

Where all have you traveled for capturing these images?

All of my travel plans involve in some way photography, I can’t see myself travelling without studying the area. Shooting has become a part of who I am.
Regardless of the places I visit, I’ll always have some spots to shoot and some new ones to discover.

What is you dream destination or a journey that you would love to capture?

There are so many places… but maybe one that is a journey for landscape photographers is Iceland, and also New Zealand. But I must say that you can get excellent images in any country, you just need to look for them.

Out of all your photographs, which one do you cherish the most and why?

It’s hard to choose a favorite, all images have some sort of back history, a connection. Maybe the ones I’ve chosen for the article are among my favorites.

The most common hurdle for beginners is how to get the long exposure shots (like those of the water) when there is plenty of sunlight, without getting them overexposed. Can you suggest some techniques to avoid this phenomenon?

I usually do bracketing (at least 3 different exposures) and then compose them in photoshop.

What does your camera kit consist of ?

I try to go as simple and light as I can. So the usual is a Canon 5D MarkII, the 17-40mm f/4 or the 24-70mm f/2.8 and always a tripod, now I’m using a Manfrotto. Also some filters: a Polarize and some ND.

Landscape photography sounds easy but its actually a tricky genre with lots of aspects to be kept in mind. Can you suggest few things that beginners should keep in mind while shooting landscapes?

Always study the place you are going to shoot and get there a little earlier to also scout the area for the best spot and to prepare the gear. After you take your photographes, try to get to know a little better the area, sometimes you’ll be amazed with what you can find for future work. Know your equipment, its pros and cons. Have patience, persistence and dedication.

Any current project that you are working on ?

I’m currently studying and testing a macro project I’ve had in my mind for a couple of years and finally I’m putting it to images.

Finally, the Dos and Don’ts while shooting landscapes ?

Do your home work before you go out shooting: See the weather, check your gear and clean it, especially the lens and filters.
Do get there earlier to make sure everything is right, take time to compose the image. Composition is really important in an image.

Don’t mind if sometimes the image doesn’t end up like you wanted, there is always the next day.
Don’t forget the rules even if you want to break them, at least you should know what you are breaking…
Don’t think you know everything, because you don’t. Photography is a constant learning process and it helps to have an open mind.
Don’t forget also to enjoy the moment you are shooting.



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Jorge Maia
Tomás San Andrés: Architectural photography
Pet Photography: Elke Vogelsang