Pedro Queiroga

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


This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Pedro Queiroga (40). Although Pedro was born in Lisbon, at a very young age he moved to Macau, where his interest in photography started. Since 2002, he’s been living in the Algarve, in Olhão, where he continued his passion for making pictures. “I started with aerial photography in 2008, when I used to fly a powered paraglider. In the beginning it was just for fun, but after I bought a DSLR camera, I took it more seriously and went professional.” Only very recently, in 2015, he decided to specialise in interior and real estate photography.

“That actually came because of my aerial service,” Pedro recalls. “Clients started to ask me for interior photos as well, and I thought it would be a good idea to explore that market. I love to have time to think on what I have to do in order to get the best result. A dining room can wait until I’ve found the perfect frame. I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t mind taking a little more time trying to reach a perfect photograph. When an architect draws a house, he also needs inspiration. Creativity takes time; you can’t get good results in a hurry.”


Pedro about the Algarve: “The tourism and the excellent weather make the south of Portugal a great region for photography. But then again: any place is a good place for photography. That’s because a good photograph doesn’t depend on the place, but on the photographer. I love perfectly aligned geometry as well as the contrary: deconstructive architecture. I love entropy, clarity and perfection in an image. My favourite places to work are Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura, because of the gorgeous lawns, lakes, luxury houses and their proximity to the sea.”


Creative photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows a hot air balloon at the 19th Festival Internacional Rubis Gás Balões de Ar Quente in Alter do Chão (in the Alentejo). It was taken on a Nikon D750 camera with a Tamron 15-30mm USD Di VC lens. Settings: f/8, 1/400sec, ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on Pedro’s website.

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

1. Try to surprise the viewer.

Do this by shooting something that he or she can’t immediately understand. I love it when I look at a photo and I only realise what it is after a few seconds.

2. Don’t be afraid to think differently from others.

Remember: a good photographer isn’t the one who has the best camera, or who knows how to work with one (that you can learn on YouTube). A good photographer is the person who can see something from certain point of view that others didn’t even think of.

3. Don’t use cheap tripods.

Cheap tripods always shake a bit. They might be fine for family pictures, but for me, working in real estate photography, it’s important that your camera doesn’t shake, not even 1mm. Always make sure that the vertical lines of the house are kept vertical (and not inclined). So don’t point your camera up, nor down. If you don’t have a tilt-shift lens, shoot with the camera at belly level. Also, I like to use the HDR technique, where you mix a minimum of three photos together (with different exposures each) in order to get the final result.



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


Pedro Queiroga

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