VIDEO: Discussing photography with Emmanuel Panagiotakas

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(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

“I want to show the beauty of what we have around Beaver County and the tri-state area.”

Since entering Beaver County in the early 2020s, Emmanuel Panagiotakas has done just that. The owner and principal photographer of Emmanuel Fine Art Photography in Beaver has captured nature and cityscape photography throughout Beaver County after years of doing so in the Pittsburgh area. The Greece native joined Matt Drzik on the Nov. 21 edition of AM Beaver County to talk about his trip to Beaver County and some key winter (and anytime) photography tips.

“Number one: you have to understand how light works,” Emmanuel said. “It’s the time of day when the light is so you can see it better in your photos. The outside light is too much with the bulb light – you know, that artificial light. Emmanuel defines artificial light as any light that is not ambient, and also speaks of “light pollution” which can corrupt the purity of the image the photographer desires.

Another key element of photography: stability. “That’s one of the best tips I’m going to give you: use a tripod if you’re using a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex),” he added. “If you don’t, use your iPhone or another phone… I know my iPhone, it will stay still for a second and after a second I can absorb even if I have enough light. I think that’s a pretty good way to do it with an iPhone too. Emmanuel also suggests planning and timing 10-15 minute shoots on a particular shot, learning from your mistakes, and trying again if a shoot doesn’t get the best.

In addition to his website (link above), Emmanuel’s work and updates can be found on his Facebook page and Instagram profile. For the full interview with Emmanuel Panagiotakas, click on the Facebook feed below!


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