António Alfarroba

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017


This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese António Alfarroba (53), who started taking photography lessons when he was 19, during an architecture course. “I used a Canon A1 and took pictures partly because I needed it for the course. Afterwards I taught myself and learned with friends.”

Nowadays, photography is partly a professional activity for the architect. António: “I especially like architecture, travel and portrait photography. The compositional aspects are very important to me.” Although he currently lives in Lisbon, António spends a lot of his time in the Algarve as his family is from the area of Lagos and Vila do Bispo.

António on photography in the Algarve: “The Algarve has magnificent landscapes to photograph. The Costa Vicentina, the beach of Castelejo in particular, is a place of excellence. I’ve taken a lot of pictures there.”


Suspended movement photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows a beach scene at Praia do Castelejo. It was taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a EF70-300mm lens. Settings: f8.0, 1/800 sec, ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on António’s Flickr page.

Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are António’s top three tips:

  1. Think about what you want to communicate with the image. Photographing moving elements always begins with the interpretation of the movement.
  2. Try changing your position. In this case, I was first on the other side, with the sun shining on the children. When they started playing with the water, I quickly moved in order to catch the black cliffs in the background and the backlit drops shining. The same scene had a completely different force when seen from the opposite side.
  3. Enjoy the challenge. What I love most about photography is the challenge of anticipating a way of looking and interpreting something, and then being able to do it.


See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine February 2017

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