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February 3rd, 2015 | By | No Comments

Photo Tip: Using iPhone Ollo Lenses Elevate Your iPhone Picture Game with 5 Basics Tricks to Use Clip-On Lenses

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New to the SWELL Surf Shop, Ollo Lenses lets your phone capture museum worthy shots. Friend of SWELL Chris Burkard swears by the clip-on lenses, so maybe you’ll also get half a million instagram followers with Ollo clip-on Lenses

1. Focus on what’s important with the Fisheye lens.
Before shooting with a fisheye lens, determine the most important elements in your composition (placement or arrangement of visual elements). The subject you focus on will be sharp and clear but peripheral elements that are away from the center of the picture will have a characteristic fisheye stretch. Background elements are generally secondary when using this lens, so your foreground subjects must be able to carry the composition and provide power to the image.

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2. Keep the foreground free. (more…)

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February 3rd, 2015 | By | No Comments

Road Trip Proofing Your Car A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors from Johnie Gall of Dirtbag Darling.

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I spend a big chunk of the year on the road, traveling from state to state in search mountain peaks and fun waves. What I’ve learned (besides roadside burritos are never a good idea)? That a fun road trip can turn ugly if you aren’t prepared with the right gear.

Deciding to embark on a spontaneous road trip doesn’t have to end in frustration. Nine times out of ten, you’ll roll back into the garage without a single hiccup in your journey. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for all the things that could go wrong.

It’s easy to road-trip proof your car and stock it with the right supplies. Do it now and you’ll be ready to roll at a moment’s notice (and never have to get ripped off by a tow truck company again!).

Pictured: Daydreamer LA Fleece (more…)

November 21st, 2014 | By | 170 Comments

Life at Banzai | Volcom Pipe House Tour JD Irons Takes Us Inside The North Shore's Heaviest House

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In this week’s North Shore spotlight SWELL photographer Dane Grady gets a tour of a house as hard-core as the wave it overlooks. The Volcom compound is the premier for the who’s-who of the North Shore surf scene. Posting up in front of Pipeline is not all fun and games however.

The scene is an intense atmosphere filled with battle hardened pipe warriors. Legends of past and present of the place are engraved into the books of the surf world.  Pics and Words by Dane Grady  (more…)

November 10th, 2014 | By | 88 Comments

Behind Creed’s Love Buzz Creed McTaggart’s first signature surfboard model is here.

Hayden Cox describes the Love Buzz as the ‘Love Child’ of the Hypto Krypto and The Ando model, the Love Buzz design blends surface area, rocker and performance curves to create a very all-round, fast and flowing short board. He headed over to the South Coast of NSW with Crag Anderson to test drive his signature sled. Enjoy the clip and the remixed track from 60′s band ‘Shocking Blue’ titled ‘Love Buzz’

Here’s what Mr. McTaggart had to tell us about the process: (more…)