May 17th, 2013 | By | 3,334 Comments

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.

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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)

2. Then, while still shooting from down the beach, I pulled it in a bit to capture a guy in the barrel.
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3. I moved close to the Volcom house, and shot wide for a different perspective.
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4. From the same vantage point, I zoomed in tight to get a nice cropped empty barrel shot.
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5. I then moved to the Beach Park area to capture some spectators in the foreground.
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Finally, while the sun was setting, I sat front-row on the beach to get a nice moody shot of a surfer opting out of a close-out.

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Words and Photos by Matt Kurvin, buy his work here or read more about his People’s Choice award and SWELL catalog feature here

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