Agostinho Teixeira

Artisan traditions make Portugal different from other countries

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2016


This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Agostinho Teixeira (41) (pictured below by Vitor Pina) got into photography only five years ago when a friend bought a camera. “Then, on a family vacation in Aveiro, I found out my cousin also just started photography. My interest appeared almost immediately. I started with an old pocket camera, soon discovered that I loved it, bought a new camera and haven’t stopped since.”

Living in Portimão with his family and working fulltime, Agostinho considers photography a hobby, albeit one that he does with loads of enthusiasm. He’s best known for his black & white images: “When I began, I worked in colour, but now, 99% of my work is B&W.”

Agostinho on photography in the Algarve: “The Algarve has everything from seascapes to cities. Since I do street photography, I prefer the latter, places with people. My best shots were taken in Ferragudo; on my next trip, I’ll visit Faro. Some of my pictures focus on old Portuguese customs, like salt harvesting, fishing or beekeeping. I love to show these artisan traditions: they’re what makes Portugal different from other countries.”


Black & white street photography: 

This month’s Picture Perfect, Mountain of honey II, shows a beekeeper emptying his hives in the Odelouca region (Algarve countryside). It was taken on a Nikon camera with a Sigma 10-20mm lens (11mm focal length), 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on Agostinho’s website.

Want to try and make a perfect picture? Here are Agostinho’s top three tips on black & white street photography:

1. Try to learn how to use a human figure in your shot. You can do 50, or even 100 shots of a place, and they’ll all look about the same. However, when adding a person to the picture, everything changes.

2. When doing black & white photography, play with shadows as it makes you more aware of the light.

3. Try to put two main subjects into a wide angle shot, for example something further away and something close by. This is popular in seascapes, but also works well in street photography.


See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2016

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