October 2nd, 2015
Archive for the ‘photo tip’ Category
Photo Tip Of The Week Matt Kurvin Explains Shooting Different Vantage Points During a Single Session
It’s easy to find a good spot when photographing a surf session and plant yourself there for the entire time. Many times what you get are a lot of great photos, but all of them tend to be very similar in composition.
Yes, you can shoot long lenses and short (still recommended), shoot high and low, but the vantage point remains the same. I like to move around a bit and see what I can get. or me it keeps the day exciting, because I never know what I might find.
Let’s take a recent day at Pipeline for example.
1. I started down the beach at Rocky Point, first setting up a nice line-up shot (above)
The Golden Hour… Underwater
“The last 30 minutes of sunlight isn’t just beautiful above water … it is insanely beautiful BELOW the sea as well. It’s taken me awhile to consider shooting underwater during sunset. Maybe it’s because I would rather be surfing, but recently, I have fallen in love with golden hour, underwater.
Taken on a GoPro Hero 3. This was one of the first photos I took underwater at sunset. The waves were inconsistent but the weather was gorgeous, so for this wave I held the GoPro steady the first set wave passed over me, and thanks to the low light + warm rays of the setting sun, it created this effect. Photoshop-free”
“Within the last 30 minutes of sunset … no need for camera filters when the warm sun glows like this on her skin! Open your eyes next time you duck dive at sunset. The light rays are incredible, and I was finally able to capture it with this photograph.” -Sarah Lee
Sarah won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Follow The Light Foundation Photography Grant in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Read more about Sarah’s water photography.
Zuma Beach, Los Angeles. Photo: BLW
How To Shoot a Point of View (POV) Barrel Photo
1. Use a fisheye lens and high shutter speed on a camera with a burst rate of at least 6 frames/sec
2. When a hollow wave approaches, position yourself close to the pocket like you’re about to bodysurf
3. As The lip throws, reach your camera up as high as possible in the top corner pocket of the wave
4. Keep your wrist stiff and camera as level as possible. An even horizon line makes the image pop with that realistic POV you are aiming for. And don’t forget a camera leash
5. Take a lot of photos/beatings. No matter how many images you take withthis POV nevers gets old
“With the popularity of waterproof cameras like GoPro, these days you see a lot of people swimming out into the lineup and shooting empty waves and shore break. I love trying to get these type of images looking out of the barrel to give viewers that surfers point of view. For me, these moments happen while I am swimming around in the impact zone as I am lining up with a surfer waiting for a set” -Bryce Lowe White, Photo Editor & Video Producer | SURFER MAGAZINE
“When shooting surfing, try not to get stuck in one style like only trying to get crisp clean shots. Sometimes blurry shots can look way more interesting if done correctly. For the shot of Nate Zoller I closed my aperture down to I think like F. 18 and slowed my shutter speed down to something like a tenth of a second and then followed Nate as he rode the wave to keep him in focus but to allow the wave to appear like it was moving.” -Jason Naudé