Ruben Lopo

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


The Portuguese Ruben Lopo (30) discovered his passion for photography at school. During a course in social communication, he became fascinated by taking pictures and cinema. “For me, photography is about making images and creating scenes that say something,” explains Ruben, who describes himself as a street photographer or a documentary style photographer. “I’m not a photojournalist though; my journey is about adapting what I see in life and telling my own personal story with it.”

Just like the father of the modern photography, the late Alfred Stieglitz, once said ‘I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs’, also Ruben’s vision on photography is influenced by his vision of life. Ruben: “Photography is really cool because it’s the only thing that takes reality and just pauses it. Like ‘that’s the moment’, and once that image is made, it might not necessarily be about reality anymore. I’m interested in these moments. Photography is not really about what’s happening; it’s about how things look.”


Ruben about the Algarve: “The gorgeous landscapes, together with the beautiful villages, make the Algarve such a good region for photography. It’s a place that’s full of stories. I took this picture in Armação de Pera, while on my honeymoon. As I headed out with my wife for another day on the beach, I saw a group of fishermen. After making some simple photographs, I saw the young boy and his curiosity, trying to figure out what that old sea wolf was doing. That’s when I pressed the shutter and eternalised that beautiful moment.”


Storytelling photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect is called ‘The Old Master And The Young Apprentice’. It was taken on a Fuji X100 camera with a fixed 23mm lens. Settings: f/8.0, 1/400sec, ISO: 200.

Like this pic? See more on Ruben’s Flickr page.

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

1. Be patient and persevere.

With time, patience and perseverance, you will get better; with each and every photo you take.

2. Break the rules.

Sometimes, go ahead and break all the photography rules. Experiment. Have fun. Learn from your mistakes and make up your own tips and techniques for taking fantastic photographs.

3. Go forth and shoot!

Take pictures every day. The best way to hone your skills is to practise them. A lot. Shoot as much as you can – it doesn’t really matter what. Spend hours and hours behind your camera. As your technical skills improve over time, your ability to harness them to tell stories should too. Don’t worry too much about shooting a certain way to begin with. Your style, your ‘voice’, will emerge in time. And it will be more authentic when it does.



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


Ruben Lopo

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