Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

September 4th, 2014 | By | 13 Comments


One of the easiest things you can do to instantly de-stress or feel better, is by going outside and getting a breath of fresh air. Yes even if it’s hot and humid, or cold and rainy. Fresh air does a body and mind a whole lot of good. It’s a daily dose of fresh Vitamin O2. That tip’s been around for quite some time. (more…)

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August 19th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

How It’s Made… In The Shade Brother-Sister Design Duo Collab on Tropical Billabong Graphic Art


SWELL took a quick trip to the Billabong Merchandise & Design dept to meet the Brother-Sister team behind this radical new of tropical tee in the August  SWELL Catalog

SWELL: Ryan, what’s your role in the Billabong M&D team?

RM: I’m a Senior In-House Artist for Billabong USA. Among various creative duties, I primarily design graphics and artwork for the Men’s tee shirt line, working everyday with type, illustration and graphic design. It’s always pumping and each day is a new adventure in a fast paced creative atmosphere–I love it! (more…)

July 31st, 2014 | By | 240 Comments

Ryan Craig Wins 2014 Follow the Light Award Event Photos from the Most Prestigious Award in Surf Photography


Happy Days lie ahead for Ryan “Chachi” Craig, winner of the 9th annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. The 32 yr old Santa Cruz photog cracked the final 5 a few times since 2008 and now joins past winners club of legendary lensmen like Burkard, Glaser, Maasen and more.

The epic event was followed by a typical US Open Afterparty at the pope’s living room, the Surfing Magazine Oasis of insanity. Shots, see-throughs, cervezas and the eventual late night eats… Chachi killed it! (more…)

July 29th, 2014 | By | 372 Comments

Photo Tip | Ryan Craig Follow The Light Finalist Teaches Techniques for Toggling Auto-Focus


Name: Ryan “Chachi” Craig
Home: Santa Cruz, Ca
Photog Influences: Chris Van Lennup, Nelly, Corey Wilson, Burky, Aaron Chang
Instagram: @Chachfiles
Daily Driver:  Canon 7D

Back button auto-focus is your friend. I’m sure at this point we all know that on a majority of digital SLR cameras – you have two different buttons to press to activate the auto-focus. The shutter button when pressed half way and the button on the back of your camera named AF-On (I’m referring to Canon DSLRs). (more…)