From Digital Camera to iPhone: Interview with Marco Canteiro

Here at Refe we are focusing on top talents in mobile photography industry providing top-notch photos for any project in the world.

If you have ever wondered how these people became who they are today you will like this interview with Marco Canteiro, product designer at YUZA.

You can find more about Marco’s work by visiting his website at, VSCO or on Twitter @marcocanteiro.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and when did you get into photography?

I started playing with photography when I was about 14 with my mum’s digital Olympus. To me, having a digital camera at that age was something out of this world! Going to old buildings, taking photos of clouds and sunsets ended up being my hobby.

My big step was when I bought a Nikon D60 with two lenses, a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm. Having that camera on my hands gave me what I needed to be more creative and led me to learn by myself how to edit them on Photoshop.

Afterwards, I also bought some lomo cameras and film was something that completely fascinated me and it still overwhelms me. I would love to learn more about it!

Shame on me, lately, I have only been using my iPhone because of it’s practicality.

How has environment you live in influence the way you photograph?

I try to capture all the details and everything that portrays that specific place, for example on my trip to Brazil I tried to focus on all the simple things related with nature or just a blue sky which is something not common in London.

Marco Canteiro

Marco Canteiro

What inspires you the most?

Being in a new place, of which I have little knowledge about.

Marco Canteiro

Marco Canteiro

Do you have any favorite photography scenes or subjects?

Nature, sunsets, clouds and random things I find while roaming around the streets.

Marco Canteiro

What apps do you normally use for taking photos?

I usually take my photos using the default iPhone camera app and edit them on VSCO.

Where’s your favourite place to shoot and why?

I always find something I have never noticed before on the streets. It is like an addiction, I pay attention to everything around me. Every detail, every little thing, so that I do not miss a thing.

Marco Canteiro

Tell us a little bit about your photo editing workflow. Which editing apps do you use the most?

When I shot with my Nikon D60, I used to edit them on Photoshop. Nowadays, I just use VSCO.

What advice do you have for new mobile photographers who are just starting to explore the creative possibilities of their smartphone?

Never forget to charge your phone! Don’t be embarrassed to show your work, receiving constructive criticism is always a plus.

Do you edit images on your mobile devices or do you prefer to use a desktop or laptop computer?

I edit them on my phone.

Where do you see the future of mobile photography?

A refined version of this.