Marcos Mascarenhas

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


This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Marcos Mascarenhas (35), who has always had a passion for photography. “I wanted to get into photography directly after high school, but my mum insisted on me going to college, so I became a lawyer instead. Four years ago, I needed to do something different and followed a photography course in Faro.”

Living in Portimão, Marcos is best known for his wide angle shots. “Back when I didn’t know a lot about photography, it fascinated me how people could get so much in one single image. Then I learned about wide angle lenses and became obsessed with them.” From landscapes and streets, Marcos has recently started to move into real estate photography. “A wide angle is also good for photographing properties. Sometimes when I stay in a really beautiful hotel, before I unpack and mess up the room, I take out my tripod and take pictures for my portfolio.”

Marcos on photography in the Algarve: “The best time to photograph the Algarve is the off-season. In summer the weather is better, but the region is invaded by tourists. In December, I go to a gorgeous beach in the middle of the afternoon and it’s deserted; I have all this beauty for myself to capture on camera. I also like getting up at 5am though. Together with some friends, we go to the cliffs and set up our tripods in time for the sun to rise. The light at sunrise is special: you can’t get this at any other part of the day.”


Low light photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect, Into The Night, shows the Largo de São Francisco in Faro. It was taken on a Canon EOS 6D camera with an EF 16-35mm lens. Settings:  f2.8 II – 16mm – 89s – f/22 – ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on Marcos’ website.

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

  1. Get something moving on your images. Whether it’s lights from passing cars or someone creating a light painting with a flashlight, having motion gives your photo a sense of that there’s something going on; it brings life to an otherwise still image.
  2. Try to take the picture just after nightfall. In the first half an hour, even though our eyes only see the dark of the night through the lens, a camera with a long exposure still picks up some light, which will result in a dark blue sky. Into The Night was taken 5 or 6 minutes after nightfall.
  3. At night, photograph buildings that are well lit. In the daytime, you won’t even notice these buildings, but at night they come out very good on picture; they really pop out from the street.


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

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