João Almeida

For a long time I’ve a had a interested in photography, first as small curiosity when playing around with an old Yashica rangefinder a couple of decades ago, which became more serious with my first SLR camera: an old Nikon FM2n. Both of these cameras still work and are still in use. My passion for photography is mainly driven by my passion for travel, either in remote locations or discovering hidden places in my country or my hometown, and all photos reflect my perspective of my wanderings.

The term travel photography probably is too broad, in terms of photographic genre my work can be seen as street or documentary, but also as landscape or nature. More than having an objective I enjoy telling the story of a location, to capture the essence of a place in its details, either if it’s a block of glacial ice or the rugged hand of a farmer .

Most of that work is available as stock photography and currently I’m represented by agencies like Alamy or age fotostock, although there’s a wider selection of photos for prints and licensing in the Archives section of this site. I’m also one of the founding members of the Light Travelers photo collective, a joint effort founded by myself with four talented Portuguese photographers to explore travel photography in it’s various forms and shapes.

Outside the photography world I’m a web developer and closer follower of several technology oriented subjects like mobile applications, social media or web 2.0 , you can read more about it in my blog, where I update my recommended contents and the occasional blog post. You can also find my all my online presence neatly displayed in one handy place.

current gear

  • Nikon D300s, Nikon D800, Fuji X-E2 as my main camera bodies, a Sony RX100 when I’m in a mood for a lighter setup.

  • Mostly Nikkor glass, but also Sigma, Tokina and Voigtländer lenses, usually I like to use zooms lenses for outdoor or landscapes and fixed-focal lenses for street and people photography, on Light Travelers I go through my setup a bit more in detail.

  • Induro carbon tripod and Novoflex head.

  • Hitech ND and Grad filters for landscape photography.

  • Kenko extension tubes for macro photography.

  • Lowe Pro and Crumpler bags : a smaller messenger bag for short, urban photowalks and a proper backpack for longer trips or short but rough paths.