Vanda Rita

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


This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Vanda Rita (45). Although the self-taught Vanda has always liked taking pictures, it wasn’t until 2011 that she started taking photography more seriously. “Every day I learn something new and look for something different. Shooting pictures is a hobby, but it’s also a way of being more in touch with nature. For me, it’s a method to relieve the day-to-day stress.”

This explains why Vanda mainly takes pictures of landscapes. “What I especially like about photography, is the contact with nature it gives me. I love the clouds, the sea, and everything of the outside environment that awakens my mind and senses. That’s why I always try to shoot landscapes without a human factor present. I don’t like portrait photography. Maybe because it’s hard to approach people; shyness, perhaps.”

Vanda about the Algarve: “We have beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and perfect weather. Plus the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the planet. My favourite place to photograph is Sagres. Maybe because I was born here and feel a strong connection to this place. But also because in Sagres, urbanism hasn’t yet invaded the coast. I think the Algarve is paradise, and photography is my way of showing others the singular beauty of this corner of paradise.”


Force of nature photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows the Fortaleza de Sagres during the Hércules storm back in January 2014. It was taken on a Canon EOS 60D camera with a Canon 18-55 kit lens. Settings: f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO: 100. Like this pic? See more on Vanda’s website.

Want to try and make a perfect picture as well? Here are Vanda’s top three tips:

1.  If you’re lucky enough to find big waves, the first thing to keep in mind is never to risk coming near the edge of the rocks or cliffs. The best thing to do is to always use a telephoto lens. This way, you can stay far enough away and still take great pictures.

2. When photographing beaches, check the tidal charts and go when it’s low tide. The hours around low tide are great for taking pictures.

3. If you enjoy shooting late in the day, for example during sunset, you may want to use a tripod so you can use slower shutter speeds.


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

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