Artist Insight - Nick Santos

Artist Insight with Nick Santos

We sat down with Nick Santos (@Cas415) to ask him some question about his background with photography, what gear he uses, favorite shoot locations and much more.


 Which camera do you use?

Nikon D810 with nikon 14-24 & 24-70mm


 Do you prefer to use a tripod, or freehand?

Typically with tripod for sharpest image

What are some of your favorite locations to shoot?

Golden Gate Bridge/ Sutro Baths/ Yosemite/ Bay Areas coastal areas




What time of day do your prefer to shoot, night or day?

Sunsets but mostly astro photography

What brought you into photography?

I used to do graphic design and the a trip to Alaska resparked my interest in photography




How long do you spend editing a photo?

5-10 mins for most edits, but sometimes I may return to certain images for weeks before I get the right edit.

Which program(s) do you use for editing?



Do you have any advice for someone getting into photography?

Don't blow out your highlights


What type of images do you think your presets are best suited for?


Do you have any tips or tricks for users of your presets?

These presets are very versatile. Most only require slight adjustments to WB, exposure and maybe clarity depending on your taste.


Your best tip for post-processing an image

Edit your photos how you like, not to please others. 


What inspired you to get involved in the AOV community?

Love seeing nature captured from around the world. 


A little bit about yourself

hmmm more about me.. Just excited to finally start summer in SF after 3 months of foggy skies out here. Otherwise just staying busy selling custom prints and doing portrait gigs.

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