Kellie & James Hardie

The Algarve makes a great place for photographers due to the different topography

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015

his month’s Picture Perfect photographers are Kellie (43) and James (44) Hardie who live in Paderne. They’re originally from the UK, where James was a member of the Royal Photographic Society, and met in the Algarve. Together they form James Hardie photography, specialising in portrait, wedding, property and commercial photography.

With their cameras as constant companions, the couple can be found all over the Algarve: “Our favourite areas to shoot are inland. We do a lot of weddings and couples always ask for beach shots which are great, but we find sand and sea a bit boring. That’s why we take our couples to the beach at sunset so we can get the drama of the sky. However, on our days off we head inland and find fields, rivers and abandoned ruins: you never know what you will come across.”

Kellie and James on photography in the Algarve: “The Algarve makes a great place for photographers due to the different topography. Rolling fields, green in winter and bleaker in the summer, beautiful hidden rivers, and a coast with long sandy beaches and rugged rocks. Wherever you go, it’s always different.”

 

Ruins photography

This month’s Picture Perfect shows the abandoned Vale Navio complex outside Albufeira. It was taken on a Canon 5D Mark III. To create this image, the camera was set to take HDR images (High Dynamic Range), which is when three images are taken at three different exposures. Then in editing, all the images were put together.
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Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are Kellie and James’ top three tips on ruins photography:

  1. First of all: be safe. Ruins and abandoned properties can be very dangerous.
  2. Don’t shoot in full automatic mode. Your camera is capable of capturing amazing images but not if it’s left to its own devices.
  3. Invest in a good quality lens as it is more important than the camera body.

Vale Navio complex by Kellie and James Hardie

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2015

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