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
San Clemente, CA: The surfing world’s most prestigious photographic award is open for entries!
Follow The Light Foundation has made a call for submissions from the world’s top young surf image-makers, who will have a chance to put themselves in the running for the top Foundation Grant of $5000.
FTLF has announced four further runner-up grants of $1000 each.
The Grant and associated awards, including the popular People’s Choice Award, will be presented in July around the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, CA (date and location to be announced).
Presented in honor of pioneering surf photography legend Larry “Flame” Moore, the Foundation’s award and associated Grant is in its eighth year.
It continues Larry’s lifelong commitment to encouraging the art and skill of surf photography. As a lensman himself, Larry pioneered numerous surf-image techniques both in and out of the water. As Surfing Magazine’s photo editor, for over 30 years he nurtured the best and brightest in the game, while always having a word of advice for the hopeful kid whose first submission crossed his desk.
Recipients of the FTLF Grant have included young champions of the surf photo world such as inaugural winner Chris Burkard and subsequent winners Matt Clark,Todd Glasser, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Duncan Macfarlane and 2012’s award winner, Shawn Parkin.
2012 Winning Slideshow: Shawn Parkin
Check out SWELL’s “Follow The Light Foundation” Catalog Feature Here
FTLF judge and masterful photographer Aaron Chang says it isn’t getting any easier to pick the winners. “Over the years the judging has been increasingly more challenging, because the photographers are beginning to understand that in addition to great photography, the judges are looking for the feeling created by the overall presentation.”
Aaron thinks that along with the extraordinary exposure to key surf industry people involved in an FTLF entry, young photographers gain an extra benefit: community. “Just being able to sit and watch what your peers are presenting provides aspiring photographers with a fresh set of goals and inspiration that is very difficult to access otherwise.”
Photographers who wish to submit in pursuit of the Grant should first spend time familiarizing themselves with the rules and process of entry, which can be viewed here.
“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
High-profile portrait surf photographer and all-around interesting human being, Steve Sherman has epic stories to share about world title races from Parko to Kelly, Mick and A.I. Get the behind the scenes scoop with Sherm himself tonight Jan 16 at the Privateer in Oceanside, Ca.
The Senior Staff Photographer at Surfing Magazine will be talking story over some pizza and beer, and sharing never before seen photos of Parko’s dramatic campaign to become a world champion. Open to the public. Directions here.
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