Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Smeghead, Apr 11, 2009.
ok now you have the closer part down. now get alot lower. like laying on the ground lower... there is a reason most skating photogs are skateboarders too they arent afraid to get hurt. It looks like you are standing straight up when you are shooting these guys, like eye level. Sort of why the images look like snapshots. When i look at an image i want to see something i wouldnt normally see. Thats what sets them apart for me.
look up these guys... atiba, gaberman, skin phillips, shigeo, o'meally, friedman
most of the best skateboarding pics i have seen are always shooting from a lower vantage point then the actual boarder.
check this group out,
Thanks for the tip, man, and yeah it make sense. I'm just kinda shy though, I don't like when ppl are looking at me like "wtf is he doing"
just talk to them. Its easier when you let them know what you are doing then just to point and shoot away. Do you skate yourself? Its also better to know your subject, and in this case know your trick.
I should do that next time.
oooo shooting skateboarding without knowing skateboarding is really really tough. Do you look at any skating mags at all?
one word: nubs
I've seen the documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" though
I'm very new to taking skateboarding pics. This is only like the 3rd time I've done it There's like no other cool moving subject to take pics of here, that's why I keep going back there.
go to barnes and noble and just run through every skate mag there. you are trying to shoot something you know nothing about. you have to educate yourself first.
Sounds like serious business :O :O :O
+1 for getting low. I said it in your last thread, maybe you didn't see
liljon.jpg if I remember correctly
Ha yeah that was me. Sorry, I was completely serious but couldn't resist the pic
The thing is though, that place is just flat ground. There are no ramps, so If I'm gonna get lower I have to lie on my stomach or something, lol.
Yep. That's what you gotta do. Be prepared to put the safety of your gear above the safety of your face aswell
#7 is the best of this set. It's in tight, there's action, you can see what's going on, you didn't cut off your subject. There's enough contrast overall. With the rest, the ones with that Vin Diesel lookin-motherfucker are better than the rest... other than that, many are boring, because like others have said, i can go down to the local skate park, and see those exact same angles while leaning up against a post smoking a cig.
I was sitting on the bench or on the side mostly. I didn't move as much as I wanted because I didn't want ppl to notice me
Wanted to come in and say I think #7 is the best of the set also. #2 is probably my second favorite, the shadow is pretty sweet, b&w works well for it too.
And for some of these pictures, like #2, they probably would have been a better picture about a half second earlier or later. Like someone said earlier, if you check out some skate mags, you'll get a much better idea of what part of a trick makes a more impressing picture and from what angles and what not.
Needs better DOF control. I'd like to see the skater separated better from the background.
I liked the composition in #2, but with the black and white, his black on black (blue jeans) clothing gets lost in the shadow of the background, thus you lose your subject... which is why i like Mr. Vin Diesel look-alike shots more, cause his light clothing stands out from the shadowy areas.