Hello Mario! Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hello, I’m Mario Gutiérrez, I am 18 years old and I’m into Photography for almost 2 years now. It’s unbelievable how in such a short period of time you can get so addicted to something. I shoot mostly waterscapes, because I live near the Cantabrian sea, which is so rocky and with such high waves. I also like night photography –I do some light painting too- and landscape photography in general. I’m also into low key still life photographs.


When did you get started in photography and why?

I started doing some random pictures with an average camera when I was a kid, but I took it in a more serious way in the end of 2010, when I first got a DLSR camera which allowed me research with different settings. I still remember when I made my first long exposure in a river. The process of learning is a huge experience itself. 


What other hobbies do you have?

I like traveling, unfortunately I cannot travel as much as I’d like -well, as everybody I guess-, I also like learning languages and other countries’ cultures. Also watching art in general, not just photography, that’s why I like museums, or sites like deviantArt.


Do you also do other forms of art?

When I was a kid I used to paint, but nothing serious, just for fun. Nowadays photography takes all my time. 


Do you do photography professionally?

I’ve done some paid photoshoots to kids and complete families, but not in a regular way. They came to me asking if I could do that, and I said yes –it’s always positive to try new things-. Anyways, for now I prefer shooting for myself, just for fun, and with freedom. I don’t know what’ll happen in the future, I’m not studying photography at University, but I know lots of people with other university degrees who made of Photography their way of life, their profession. 


I noticed you have a nice selection of both nature and city shots. Do you have a favorite subject to photograph?

Oh well, I guess this depends on which city we talk, I’d spend my whole life shooting every corner of Paris or Lisbon. But in my area, I prefer nature and small typical villages, we have some amazing places around here, a bit prettier than our cities. 


What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever photographed?

I remember one boat in the night which never stopped moving, I needed a long exposure time not to underexpose the photo, but the boat appeared moving. I spent like one hour there shooting non-stop because I the flash didn’t get to lighten the boat. Finally I was lucky enough and this is the result (http://marioguti.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=120#/d4gnt2x)


What are your favorite tools of the trade and why?

Here comes the never ending battle! Personally I prefer Nikon cameras unless you want to make videos, basically because I have one (The Nikon D7000) and I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Canon cameras are better at videos, but at the moment I only take pictures (well, and some time lapse videos that I cannot upload on dA), that’s why I stay with my Nikon.

I like wide angle lenses (there’s a huge difference between shooting at 10mm than shooting at 18mm, especially shooting waterscapes), I have a Sigma 10-20 which isn’t bad. I like it because it focuses fast and even in some hard conditions, like when I shoot in the night and I focus a lamp which is far.


If you could only pick one of your photographs as your absolute favorite, which one would you choose and why?

I’d choose ‘Contrasts on the hills’ (http://marioguti.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ilz2s) because this one made me win my biggest prize in a photography contest so far. I have a good remembrance of the moment when I made the picture as well, it was an amazing day of December, with some fog and some rain.


What tips or advice would you give to aspiring photographers?

Just one word: practice. This is obvious, I know, but it’s the main thing aspiring photographers should do. I’d recommend them to go out, have a walk wherever -a forest, their town, their neighborhood, wherever- and shoot non-stop in Manual mode. Experimenting and learning from the first mistakes we make is the best way to learn. Plus there are some good tutorials on internet, I’m also writing some Journal entries on dA with some techniques to make specific kinds of photos, or more general definitions and explanations.

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us get to know you better!

If you would like to see more of his photography, stop by his deviantArt page.

Here are a few more select photographs from Mario’s gallery.