Jonathan Santos

Capturing Life

Night time is really the best time to work.  All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.  ~Catherine O’Hara


I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light. -Galen Rowell 

I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light. -Galen Rowell 

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. -Ansel Adams 

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. -Ansel Adams 

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. -William Albert Allard 

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. -William Albert Allard 

I don’t edit all of my pictures. Just some of them. Digital pictures: I almost never edit these (once in a while there will be one that I really like but the exposure was off a little. In that case I may brighten it. This is very rare. I usually just delete the bad ones). However, I never overdo it. If a picture needs so much editing that it looks entirely different from your original, then it’s a bad picture and trying to pass it off as your in-camera work is “cheating”. Although it’s not cheating if you are doing it for creative/artistic effects and you don’t try to hide the fact that you edited it. Your business will actually be more successful if you try to get it right the first time (in the camera) and rely little (if ever) on editing. Anyone who says that you ALWAYS NEED to edit ALL of your pictures is a bad photographer.

I don’t edit all of my pictures. Just some of them. Digital pictures: I almost never edit these (once in a while there will be one that I really like but the exposure was off a little. In that case I may brighten it. This is very rare. I usually just delete the bad ones). However, I never overdo it. If a picture needs so much editing that it looks entirely different from your original, then it’s a bad picture and trying to pass it off as your in-camera work is “cheating”. Although it’s not cheating if you are doing it for creative/artistic effects and you don’t try to hide the fact that you edited it. Your business will actually be more successful if you try to get it right the first time (in the camera) and rely little (if ever) on editing. Anyone who says that you ALWAYS NEED to edit ALL of your pictures is a bad photographer.

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. Henri Cartier-Bresson 

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. 
Henri Cartier-Bresson 

”It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.” – David Bailey

”It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.” – David Bailey

When asked why I pursued a photography as a profession, I always answer the same way; “Because I want to do something that matters.”
For the occasional hobbyist, photography is a fun pass-time. But for serious shutterbugs and professionals, photography is much more.
Photography is about telling stories and more importantly protecting memories. With a camera you can protect YOUR memory of a scene. You can also preserve that memory for generations to come.
That’s pretty important.
Photography has many uses. It can be used to document history, create art, preserve memories, etc.
Ask someone who’s running out of a burning home what they’ll grab. Nine times out of 10, it’s the photo album.
Photography is VERY important.

When asked why I pursued a photography as a profession, I always answer the same way; “Because I want to do something that matters.”

For the occasional hobbyist, photography is a fun pass-time. But for serious shutterbugs and professionals, photography is much more.

Photography is about telling stories and more importantly protecting memories. With a camera you can protect YOUR memory of a scene. You can also preserve that memory for generations to come.

That’s pretty important.

Photography has many uses. It can be used to document history, create art, preserve memories, etc.

Ask someone who’s running out of a burning home what they’ll grab. Nine times out of 10, it’s the photo album.

Photography is VERY important.

I always wanted to be a photographer. I was fascinated with the materials. But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane. - Lee Friedlander

I always wanted to be a photographer. I was fascinated with the materials. But I never dreamed I would be having this much fun. I imagined something much less elusive, much more mundane. Lee Friedlander

Love for photography. Eat sleep and breathe it. Become a photograph

Love for photography. Eat sleep and breathe it. Become a photograph

Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion. - Larry Wilder

Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion. - Larry Wilder

  You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. -WILLIAM EGGLESTON [Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

  You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too. -WILLIAM EGGLESTON [Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]

I only ever take one picture of one thing. Literally. Never two. So then that picture is taken and then the next one is waiting somewhere else.’ Let me get this straight, I say, astonished: each image he has produced is the result of one single shot? He nods. And what happens, I ask, if you don’t get the picture you want in that one shot? ‘Then I don’t get it,’ he answers simply. ‘I don’t really worry if it works out or not .

I only ever take one picture of one thing. Literally. Never two. So then that picture is taken and then the next one is waiting somewhere else.’ Let me get this straight, I say, astonished: each image he has produced is the result of one single shot? He nods. And what happens, I ask, if you don’t get the picture you want in that one shot? ‘Then I don’t get it,’ he answers simply. ‘I don’t really worry if it works out or not .