Pedro Noel da Luz

Photographing in black and white is another way of seeing the world

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

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Pedro Noel da Luz (40). Pedro got into photography because of his stepfather, who had a studio in Lagos. “I remember it being dark, with the red light on as the negatives appeared and he made magic happen on photographic paper. For many years I accompanied him to weddings and carried batteries, film rolls, cleaning kits, etc. Aged 14, I asked him to lend me an analog Praktica camera.”

Living in Lagos, Pedro works for the Correio da Manhã newspaper. He’s also won many photography prizes. “I think participating in contests is important; photographing in a passionate way helps us to get to another level. However, be aware that the result is always relative and depends on the jury’s opinion; sometimes it’s a matter of luck.” Pedro’s style is varied: “I like to explore many different areas: landscape, portraits, fine art, photojournalism, etc. It all depends on how I’m feeling that day.”

Pedro on photography in the Algarve: “What makes the Algarve such a good place for photography is the light, without any doubt! Having almost year-round sun helps; every season has light and different colors. For me, clouds in the sky create the perfect setting. I especially like Monte Clérigo beach on the west coast; the light there at sunset is spectacular. The colors of nature and sea, the winter silence, and the wind blowing from the Atlantic Ocean make it a perfect place for photography.”


Black & white street photography: 

This month’s Picture Perfect shows a café scene in Lisbon. Pedro: “I looked at the man and enjoyed the light around him; I liked the way he read the newspaper and drunk his coffee, it was like a take in a movie.” It was taken on a Canon EOS 60D, 1/100s, f/1.8, ISO 400. Like this pic? See more on Pedro’s website.

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

  1. Always photograph with passion! Always! If you do that, even if it isn’t the best shot in the world, it won’t be the worst.
  2. Pay attention to light wherever you are and look at the position of the subject. Take in all the small details, and don’t shoot continuously just because you have a digital camera with a lot of gigabytes. Patience and serenity are key.
  3. Photographing in black and white is another way of seeing the world; it’s a different art form. You can abuse the contrast, the light becomes different. If you want to post-edit B&W photographs, I recommend using Lightroom.


See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2016

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