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Surf Photography Forum

 

Never in the history of surfing has this very specialized form of photography been so popular.

Auto focus, auto exposure, lens stabilizer, 10 frames a second motor drives make it seem like puddle sticks.

Sure you can produce tons of pics put ’em up with your name splattered all over them and get some kind of recognition for your efforts on line.

Problem is there are dozens or even hundreds and even thousands or more like minded ‘tragics’.

At a professional level the landscape is very different. To be taken seriously and maybe even earn some cash, you need to have proper surfing knowledge, photographic sus and some flair or creativity just to get started.

Believe me when I tell you that the competition is tough. There are a dozen or more really special photographers across surfing’s world. They get all the big jobs and Instagram fame. Genius is at hand.

LOVE ME LOVE MY CAMERA

Having the best camera don’t mean you’ll get the best pictures but if you want to do how the big guns do, and you’re buying in Rands, you’ll be forking out a five figure number.

DOES ANYONE ASK JAMIE OLIVER WHAT STOVE HE USES?

A whole other debate, motivated by insecurity, brand fanboys and other delicate people. We’ll be taking a look at exactly what you need to do the job.

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We’ll also be talking to top photographers to find out how they go about the business of getting high-end pictures.

Watch this space.

Picture formats:

More contemporary cameras give you the option to decide the format of your pictures. In the first few years of digital photography, I used Olympus cameras. The brand’s fixed format at that time was 4/3rds. Thus the picture is a little deeper. Taken at Rifles in the Mentawais in 2006.