Marcelo is our "water expert" moderator. Sunsets over water. Long exposure on water. Surfers on water. Check out his personal account and you will be amazed by his way of capturing water and the beach. All his features are high quality and his eye for photography is stunning.
"Being surrounded by the exquisite landscapes of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), I’ve always felt a need to capture the spectacles nature provides on a daily basis: from sunrise to sunset, Rio is a magical place. But, as ironic as it may seem, it was only thru the lens of Instagram’s best landscape and seascape photographers around the globe that I finally got to know the required skills to turn a snapshot into a beautiful piece of art. After a little more than a year of Instagram, I felt it was time to return the favor: joining the GOTD team was the perfect way of recognizing the work of those IGers that are striving to do their best, that are working hard to learn the necessary skills to turn a snapshot into a beautiful piece of art!" - Marcelo Brando
BEHIND THE LENS
1. Amateur or Pro?
2. Describe your feed in 3 words.
- Work in progress!
3. What’s in your toolbox for taking and editing photos?
- I use a Canon 60D and a set of 3 lenses that I always carry in my backpack: a Canon 24-105mm f/4L, a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, and a Canon 10-22mm f/4-5.6 USM. I also carry a set of grad ND filters (I use Lee Filters), polarizing filter, cable release, Manfrotto tripod, memory cards. For editing I enjoy working mostly with Lightroom. On mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), I use Snapseed and Squaready.
4. What is Instagram for you?
- The greatest tool for connecting with and learning from experienced and professional photographers; also the greatest way to have your work scrutinized by friends and fellow photographers (amateurs and professionals). Last but not least, a fantastic tool for connecting with people around the globe.
5. Who and/or what inspires you?
- As a landscape and seascape photographer, it’s the spectacle of nature that inspires me.
6. What is your best advice to a fellow photographer?
- I’m not sure whether I feel qualified to advice anyone on the subject, but for a beginner I would definitely say: don’t underestimate the importance of learning photography techniques. I do understand that photography is an art, a form of self-expression, but it is also a set of techniques backed up by science (to say the least, physics and psychology). I am not saying that you have to understand, for instance, the complex formulas behind optics theory. I certainly don’t! What I mean is that it seems good advice to have some understanding of those set of techniques, otherwise people won’t be able to tell whether your self-expression is a result of a conscious decision to, for instance, override camera presets, or an operational mistake.
7. Who is your favourite photographer on Instagram?
- It’s hard to name just one. Despite the fact that I follow and enjoy the work of many others, I’ll name three from Brazil and three from abroad. National: @babilemos, @marcoscalil_gf, and @aluisiobezerra. International: @larrymarshallphotography, @williampatino, and @fairabagdja.
8. Best photography secret?
- Keep studying and keep practicing.
9. Things you want to be better at as a photographer?
- Since I just began working with grad NDs’, this is what I look forward to improving in the upcoming months.
10. How much time do you spend on photography?