When people meet a talented photographer, you often hear them say, “He’s so gifted, he’s born with it.” But I highly disagree. I firmly believe that we are all born with incredible creativity. And we all have the potential to create stunning images as photographers. Photography, like any other skill, is something you learn, develop, […]
Just like you, he didn’t start out as a professional photographer. Though he loved both art and travel for many years, and had started playing around with a digital SLR, it never occurred to him that he could make a living from it. Instead, he continued with his “safe” career in the HR field.
It took an 800-kilometer trek along the Camino de Santiago to realize the error of his ways (wasting time in a job he didn’t enjoy) and open his mind to the endless opportunities he could have by traveling the world, camera in hand. Since his 2009 Camino trip, Daniel’s been a full-time photographer, learning about other cultures through his lens...and sharing stories through his photography.
He says of his work: "My personal mission is to share the knowledge I acquire during my travels. The world would probably be an easier place if people understood each other, the different cultures and traditions."
Currently living in Granada, Spain, Daniel speaks five languages and has lived all over the world including seven years in France and three in Thailand. His work has appeared in Travel+Escape, AsiaRooms, Smithsonian magazine, National Geographic website, Matador Network and more.
I’ve been a photographer for a decade now. During these past 10 years, I’ve accumulated a massive collection of images from all my travels and the various countries I’ve lived in. Of course, not every image is a money shot. What most pros don’t tell you is that over 90% of what I’ve captured ranges […]
There’s a joke in the photography world that photographers have GAS. No, I’m not talking about what you think. GAS stands for “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”. Since technology is evolving so fast, new cameras, lenses, and every kind of trinket are flooding the market and overwhelming photographers. We feel we need it all and sometimes stick […]
Photography is often seen as a way of capturing snippets of life—to document moments and share memories. But it’s more than just that. It’s also a wonderful creative medium with which you can express yourself and show your own vision of the world. What I’ve always loved about photography is how it can help expand […]
When I first started photography, I had this false idea that a good photograph is one that comes straight out of the camera, and anything done afterwards in post-processing is cheating. I firmly believed that the greatest photography masters were “purists” and wanted to become like them. Little did I know how much time those […]
I bought my first camera on a whim, without any background in arts or photography. Fortunately, after a few weeks of playing with it, it turned into an unexpected passion that would turn my life upside down within a year. But even though I make it sound easy and effortless, it actually took a lot […]
As a young boy, I remember having to stay still and smile to the camera. It was important not to move in order to get sharp pictures. Photographers are known to freeze time and capture snippets of still life. But adding even the slightest, purposeful motion blur into an image can imply a sense of […]
We all like to pick up travel magazines and admire the beautiful photos of exotic locations in faraway lands. As a travel photographer myself, I’m grateful to be able to discover and photograph foreign landscapes and cultures every year. But just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was my photography career. Before I […]
Whether it’s a beautifully-presented platter at a favorite restaurant or a delicious meal we’ve cooked at home, we all love to take photos of our food before devouring it… and doing a quick post on Facebook or Instagram. But to turn those images from fun snapshots to saleable food images, we need to pay attention […]
There’s a famous photography quote that goes: “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” But this statement is misleading—and certainly not helpful to anyone aspiring to become a better photographer. Photography is more than just capturing an exact representation of an interesting subject. It’s also about the […]