Ernesto Gallardo

Ernesto Gallardo is from Guadalajara where he studied journalism and communications, and worked for the Guadalajara Film Festival for many years. In 2015 Ernesto moved to Puerto Vallarta to continue dedicating himself to photography here in paradise. View Ernesto’s portfolio on GuruShots where he has reached Champion level to see his street photography, and view his portfolio on MyWed to see his recent wedding photography.

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What’s your favorite kind of photography?
Street photography. Journalism, architecture, landscape, moments. Street photography doesn’t necessarily mean an empty street. It’s a street with something. People, something happening, or sometimes an empty street that tells a story on its own.

I love behind the scenes, documentary style photography, even in weddings. I love to catch the real moments. I don’t like photos to be too staged.

What is your secret to capturing amazing photos?
I don’t have a secret, I just look for nice images and try to find the right angle.

Do you use natural light or artificial light in your photography?
I use mostly natural light or one flash. But lighting is very important in photography. Photography means light; “photo” means light. You don’t have a photograph without light.

What would you say to an aspiring photographer?
Love your camera. Use your camera. Love the light. Love the shadows. Take lots of pictures. Feel the pictures in your mind and in your heart. Learn from other photographers every day. Find inspiration in the city, in the neighborhood, in your lover, in your own camera.

Also, always find the right music for your pictures.

What do you mean by that?
I mean music, rhythm for your pictures. You need to listen to music when you are editing. Because you are not the best photographer in the world, you need inspiration, and the inspiration comes from another artist. Music, cinema, painting, science.

How do you describe your photography?
I don’t see photography like a business. I don’t define photography like my business, I define photography as my work, and the way I can say many things without words.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from the website GuruShots, because they have a lot of different categories and lots of photos in each category. I am always refreshing my mind and looking at stories when I see photos on GuruShots.

I also get a lot of inspiration from my girlfriend. She is a photographer too, and we share that common interest. We have a lot of discussions about photography at home, and we practice together in our work and on our days off.

Go-to gear:

  • Canon 5D
  • 70-200mm lens
  • External flash
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