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July 11th, 2013 | By | 1,051 Comments

Photo Tip | Follow the Light Edition -Seth De Roulet

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“My photo tip is research. To many photographers don’t spend the time to understand their subjects and what they are trying to achieve. Researching photographers before you will help you to pre visualize what you want to achieve before you swim out. I think it also helps to see whats been done already so you can do something different” Darshan Gooch (above) can bust airs or ride Alias, so Seth accounted for the waves, rider and board for this POV.

More about FTLF Finalist, Seth De Roulet

Favorite Surfer to Shoot: Andrew Bennett and Bobby Martinez. Andrew Bennett because it usually means we are somewhere else in the world and getting barrels big enough to fit a house in.

I always enjoy shooting Bobby Martinez because his surfing is not like any other surfer. His style is truly unique and that is pretty rare these days. (more…)

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June 24th, 2013 | By | 1,706 Comments

Photo Tip

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Photo Tip of the Week from SWELL Photographer, Jeff Sipper:
[on taking photos indoors] “Lighting indoors can be tough. Try to find an open window or door for more natural light. If that isn’t available, any light that you can move around should help.”

Pictured: Frankie’s Bikinis

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June 16th, 2013 | By | 1,214 Comments

Photo Tip of the Week: Shawn Parkin Follow The Light Winner Talks About Getting Weird With Zoom Lenses

 

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Dane Reynolds, Lower Trestles. Lens: 50mm

“For many photographers, including myself, zoom lenses allow us to achieve greater focal range, at a relatively low cost. Good glass doesn’t come cheap, so many photographers need to stretch their lens budget by buying zoom lenses. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the ability to zoom can sometimes lead to stale perspectives. It’s far too easy to sit in one spot, zoom in to get a tight shot, and then zoom out to get a wide shot. But far more important that moving your zoom ring, is moving your feet. These photographs of Jason Arnold (below) and Dane Reynolds (above) were shot with the same lens (50mm fixed), on the same day. Two completely different perspectives, achieved by moving closer, and farther away from the subject.” -Shawn Parkin

Try this:
-Grab a prime (fixed focal length) lens for a session, or if you don’t have access to one, then use your zoom lens, but keep it fixed on one focal length. This will force you to move your position.

-To get a wide shot, you’ll have to move back. To get a tight shot, you’ll have to move in close. This will change the perspective in your photographs, and when done right, will help to create more interesting angles.

-Keep in mind that moving around to find different angles doesn’t always mean standing on your feet. Lay down on the ground. Climb a tree. Get weird.

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June 14th, 2013 | By | 1,655 Comments

Road Tripping: Baja or Bust Volume 1: The Complete Guide to Cheap Weekend Trips with Your Friends

Road trips are a right of passage for anyone who anyone who calls themselves “adventurous” and the travel junkies at SWELL are eager to share their secrets to scoring that all-time trip. The fist stop of the series follows  the SWELL crew south of the border to Rosarito during that big south swell in June.

THE BORDER

The inbound Tijuana border crossing just got a complete face-lift, redirecting traffic away from the formerly collision prone turn that steered rookie travelers into the belly of barrio. Rumor has it that TJ is cleaning up the border corruption and violence to make a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

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Border Tips
-Cross During Daylight Hours
-Stay in the right lanes to reach the coast. Stick to the Toll Road
-To avoid car emptying searches at drug checkpoints, slip the federale a nudie magazine

ESSENTIAL GEAR

Guys can basically wear one outfit the whole weekend

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Surviving In Style
Dakine Backpack -If it doesn’t all fit in 1 bag, you don’t need it. Wet/dry, laptop, more…
Hybrid shorts -For hitting the lip, or hitting the town. Stay classy my friend.
SurfTop -Don’t get barred by burns & rashes. Billabong makes em for marathon sessions
Xcel Dipped Booties -The reefs of north baja are littered with urchins, they suck.
Kanu Locking Tiedowns -Most crime in Mex is petty theft, and board banditos will burn you.
Tide Watch -The tide swings drastically further south.  Get dialed into any beach with Nixon

Other Essentials: GoPro, Swim Fins, Sunscreen, VonZipper Shades, Wax, Trucker Hat
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