João Pedro Costa

From Odeceixe to Lagos, I know every inch of coastline.

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is João Pedro Costa (43), who was born in Sagres. When he was 14 years old, João was given a camera by his father. “At that time, the area around Sagres was still very wild. I fell in love with that wildness and felt the need to record it, so I started taking pictures. I wanted to capture the energy and translate what I saw through my eyes onto film.”

Over time, João’s vision on photography changed, from merely recording to also creating. “Now I sometimes manipulate my pictures on Photoshop, trying to create an image I saw in my head.” Although his work has been exhibited and won many awards, the self-taught photographer doesn’t care what others think of his photos: “Main thing is that I like what I do.”

João on photography in the Algarve: “The west coast is my favourite place because of its wildness. It’s amazing. From Odeceixe to Lagos, I know every inch of coastline; I’ve been on every single track, some of them only accessible by ropes and known by local fishermen. The south coast is too crowded for my liking, but the west is still desolated. That’s a good thing as for some reason I can’t take pictures with anyone around, not even my family. It just doesn’t work. For photography, I have to be alone.”


Wild landscape photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows the forces of nature at the Tonel beach of Sagres. It was taken with a Nikon D300 with a Sigma 10-20mm lens @11mm, settings: ISO 100 Shutter 1/200 @ f/8. Like this pic? See more on João’s

Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are João’s top three tips on wild landscape photography:

  1. Careful and precise forward planning is crucial. Know exactly where to be at which time. The elements can change very quick and the good conditions sometimes are ephemeral, so plan ahead to get a good shot.
  2. Ensure you’ve got good light. Photography is all about light. Light definitely makes or breaks a picture.
  3. Follow your intuition. Try to be tuned into the landscape; close your eyes, listen, smell and feel the energy. Then listen to that feeling inside you and always trust your intuition.

Forces of nature at Tonel beach of Sagres by João Pedro Costa


See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2016

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