“I started photography as a hobby and until recently I realized it has grown to a habit,” Fred Figueroa is a banker by profession until he retired in August 2015. He started Photography to loosen up himself from the everyday stress and pressure of work but the passion for photography did not leave him despite his leaving the rat race of the corporate world. Today, he still takes photographs of just about anything and everything. However, Landscape photography gives him a different high. Fred’s first camera was a small manual-film type Rolei Range Finder and like all other photographers out there, his advice to new aspiring photographers is to practice-practice-practice, never tire of learning. When in the outdoors, shoot before you think; your subject will not wait for you. Fred is an alumnus of FPPF Basic and Advance Photography Workshop way back in 2004 and is a member of Alpha Camera Club since 2006. He said: “joining a camera club is one of the best decisions I made. It has contributed so much to my growth in skills and yet, there is still much to learn.”
Fred is an Accounting graduate from the Technological Institute of the Philippines and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from De La Salle University. He was a former Branch Operations Head of a Universal Bank with a rank of Manager. When not thinking of his next subject to shoot, he also dabbles into writing and has two books to his credit – one of which was a collaborative work with other authors published by LitArt Hub. Once in a while, he also experiments painting oil on canvas but for his own collection only.