Luís Lopes Silva

You name it, we have it in the Algarve!

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Luís Lopes Silva (41) who lives in Albufeira. Luís got interested in photography when he was a kid; his mum bought a camera and, curious as he was, he ended up studying the entire manual. About 15 years ago his passion for photography relived. While working for an airline and travelling the world, Luís bought a camera to capture all the beautiful things he saw on his travels.

Apart from sport photography, Luís specialises in macro, “It’s a very different kind of photography; especially insects are challenging to shoot” and portraits. His photoshoots always take place on location, never indoors. “For me there’s no need to be inside; outside you can manipulate the light the way in any way you like. I really like portraying people and often do photoshoots on the beach.”

Luís on photography in the Algarve: “It’s a great place to take pictures. Scenery-wise we have everything here: mountains, ruins and all different sorts of beaches, from sandy to rocky. You name it, we have it in the Algarve! I just bought a new camera, so currently I’m going out on a lot of photo trips. It’s all about getting to know my gear now. ”

 

Sport photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows kids playing on the old football field in Armação de Pêra. It was taken on a Pentax K-7 with a 210mm lens, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/320. Like this pic? See more on Luís Flickr site.

Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are Luís’ top three tips on sport photography:

  1. Adjust the camera settings whenever required; don´t be afraid of experimenting with the different buttons and functions. Don’t worry if you don’t have a telephoto lens, it´s much about composition too. Naturally, your plan of action depends on the sport; you can’t shoot outdoor motorsports the same way as indoor gymnastics.
  2. If you want to freeze a motion, use a light aperture and keep your ISO on an acceptable level, somewhere below 400. Use the camera’s semi-automatic programs for action sports, make sure your shutter speed is fast enough (1/1000 or faster) to capture the instant without motion blur.
  3. Always shoot in RAW. That way you can adjust the light temperature and clean up the ‘noise’ in the picture afterwards.

Kids playing on the old football field in Armação de Pêra by Luís Lopes Silva

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016

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