Hi Thomás, its great to have you on The Gallery Magazine. Tell us about yourself. How has your career as a photographer been so far?
My work in the world of photography began in the analog era when I was only 18 years old. Including work in the darkroom, practicing with film through courses and workshops.
I have always been very passionate about photography, I never stop looking at the work of other photographers who inspire me. Apart from this, I also see many other photography portals dedicated to this passion to continue discovering new artists. This always helps to keep growing in this profession.
I have been fortunate to participate in an international exhibition and I have published some work in magazines.
Currently, I have combined my profession as a freelancer with teaching Photoshop and Lightroom, to both businesses and individuals.
Tell us something about your genre!
In the architectural section, my pictures capture the message that the architect who designed the site or building wished to be photographed. In pure architectural photography, the photographer must put aside their artistic visions and focus more on the architectural project itself, to be as close as possible to the ultimate reality of the work.
The architectural photographer should be neutral and try to emphasize and highlight the beauty achieved by architect but never manipulate or alter it.
Architecture is a very complicated genre and you have to try every angle to find the right perspective. What made you take up this tricky genre?
My passion for photography and architecture from a young age made my choice of this genre natural and enjoyable, and also made me trust in that lasting union.
What does your camera kit consist of?
It has an old Canon 400D, Sony NEX-7 and Nikon D610 with goals from 17-50 2.8 / 18- 105 3.5-5.6 / 50 1.8 / 90 2.8 macro, 70-200 2.8 to cover all focal and almost all with a good opening.
Would you recommend any mandatory equipment that a beginner should use in order to click architectures?
To begin, almost any reflex team works today. For best results in interior design, where obviously there is not much room to put a tripod, great angular light is needed.
If you would also like to pull distant details, such as the outdoors, zoom is indispensable. Apart from these, there are a broad range of equipment to choose from, but the choice is influenced by the budget first and the aspirations last.
Clicking architecture as an abstract form is really difficult. Can you tell our readers how to frame the subject so that the image looks appealing to your eyes?
Fortunately there is no formula that guarantees your stand, for then this would not be as fun and you always get the best response of your work from the beholder. In my style of abstract photography, I play a lot with issues that are very important to me within an attractive composition like the perspective lines, work a lot with light and especially color.
Do you shoot as a hobby or you have you taken it up as a full time passionate profession?
Arguably the two, sometimes as a profession and always as a hobby.
Could you tell the newbies till what extent they should post process their images when it comes to architectural photography and what techniques they should use?
As I mentioned earlier, in pure architectural photography, one should not change reality by tampering with the image. Only gain sharpness, correct the dynamic range and correct distortions can be applied, if absolutely necessary. In pure architectural photography there are no limits, and depending on your style and what you intend to achieve and transmit, some techniques are more suitable than others.
The only advice that has been essential for me in this discipline and I dare to recommend it as the main thing is to relax and enjoy the site first. Look around, observe, and frame everything mentally and just being a mere spectator enjoy what you see and what you feel without the camera in front of you. Once you have a totally clear photo or photos in your head, this is the time to unsheathe the camera and shoot.
Tell us some amusing incident that you experienced while clicking these amazing images.
One such incident was inside the Museum of Modern Art Reina Sofia in Madrid. In this museum as in most museums, use flash or tripod is completely forbidden, so it is very complicated to take quality pictures of the place due to the low light. Each room has its caretaker and I could not leave without at least trying to get a good picture and had neither a bright lens nor a camera that will support high quality ISOS. So, I tried to convince the guard in question to let me use flash, without success. I did not give up and returned to the same room after seeing others in the same museum, I got to take a picture of which I am very proud and I also showed the guard who had his back at the right place when I took the shot and he liked it a lot. He also said something like “see, it is not necessary to use these flashes to take pictures” … what I did not tell you, is that I could only click the photo because I used one of the sculptures of the room as a tripod and left the camera still during fair time that i needed, until the guard was back 🙂
Any dream destination or journey that you would like to cover for architectural photography?
Abu Dhabi now, without hesitation.
Tomás San Andrés: Architectural photography
[img src=http://thegallerymag.com/wp-content/flagallery/tomas-san-andres-architectural-photography/thumbs/thumbs_thomas-7.jpg]130Encuadre desde el interior del monumento en la estaciÃ³n de Atocha a los atentados de Madrid del 15m