Posted on 2021-03-22

Mastering available light: a Photographic Journey through Colombia and the Amazon

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I’m a Colombian photographer based in London and I have been leading photography expeditions to the Amazon for the last 8 years.

My main focus is documenting the tribes that live on the banks of the Amazon River, around Leticia, the capital of Amazonas Department of Colombia, as well as the wildlife of the area.

Some of the minorities include Huitotos in Peru and Yaguas and Ticunas in Colombia and Brasil.

In this talk, I will talk about how to make the most of available light when travelling, shooting from dawn until dusk and cover these key points:

 Get inspired by real examples and how those photos were taken.
 Keep shooting throughout the day, not matter where in the world you are travelling to and the weather.
 Take great photos in all types of situations and settings, from portraits to landscape
 There is no such thing as bad light.


  • A Photographer's Journey
  • A Travel Story
  • Perfect Portraiture

Type of Talk

  • Presentation


  • 90 minutes


  • 2 x 45 mins

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Time Zone


Max group size



  • Robert
  • Jun 23, 2021
  • JQ delivered his "Up close and personal: a Photographic Journey in South America, Asia and Africa" to Woking Photographic Society. The images were all terrific and some of the stories behind them quite astonishing, all delivered in a very personable style. A thoroughly enjoyable evening and we would love to see more of John's work at some stage in the future.

  • John
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Stunning use of natural light. Enjoyed the talk immensely.

  • Margaret
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Hi JQ. I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday. Your use of light was superb. I wondered why the presentation suddenly cut off - thought it was maybe my connection. It has happened once before that fb have cut a photo webinar because of “nudity”. Pity they don’t seem to appreciate the difference between art and straight nudity.

  • Anne
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Fantastic presentation- makes me want to go back to Colombia!

  • PC
  • Apr 16, 2021
  • Impressionante!!! I was just at the point of posting a comment when FB pulled the plug.
    Great set of photographs, and great presentation.
    I wish you all the best with your tours and hopefully this virus will be under control in the next 12 months and allow us all to continue with our lives.

  • Feargal
  • Mar 30, 2021
  • JQ delivers a superb presentation - the photos and his explanation of how and why he took them was excellent but what was extremely impressive was not only the story associated with the image but the way he told that story.

    It comes across that he really loves his native country ( Columbia) and you great empathy for the local population and the tribes- people of the Amazon

    Absolutely superb, very professional and not to be missed


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