Category: Inspiration

360 degree video: the best camera for surf

360 degree video is poised to be the next big thing in content creation, with Virtual Reality (VR) experiences moving into the mainstream and people tiring of the same old angles it’s a natural progression for any sort of first person point of view style footage and action sports like surfing in particular. Why is […]

The Now: Ray Collins

This is a well produced video featuring award winning surf photographer Ray Collins, there’s nothing new, no technical details or behind the scenes secrets, just a very nice video about why he likes taking photos of surf and surfers more than mining, something anyone reading this website can relate to (apart from the mining, probably). […]

Follow The Light Foundation Winner – Ryan “Chachi” Craig

What Surfing Magazine calls “the most prestigious award in surf photography”, the Follow The Light Photo challenge, was awarded last night at a ceremony, held during the 2014 Vans Open of Surfing in California. I’m pretty sure Ryan “Chachi” Craig won this year, that’s based on this photo that’s tagged with #followthelight on Kelsey Rudolphs […]

The High Lines Surfing Storytellers Meeting

This could turn into an interesting video/article, part of the High Line festival was a dinner meeting of “some of the most influential surf filmmakers and photographers” where they could eat and chat about surf media stuff. The High Line’s “Surfing’s Storytellers” from High Line on Vimeo. There’s a couple of posts about it, one […]

Ray Collins Interview on his Unusual Surfer Magazine Cover

The latest Surfer magazine cover is pretty unique, featuring a birds eye view of a wave that’s pitched and broken with no surfer or even a mind surfable wave to look at. Photographer Ray Collins explains the story behind it on the Surfer website here: http://www.surfermag.com/blogs/photo-blog/behind-the-cover-ray-collins/ It’s obviously a great shot and the use of […]

Shooting a Modern Surf Trip on Film with Jon Frank, Ted Grambeau and Brian Bielmann

If you’re reading this website it probably means you’re relatively new to surf photography, like me, and in turn that means that I can almost guarantee you shoot with a digital camera. I don’t blame you, shooting with film is hard and expensive, digital is easy and cheap, it seems like there’s no sensible reason […]

Sarah Lee’s Underwater Photography Tips

This popped up on Peta Pixel, but was originally on Smug Mug’s blog, there’s some very useful practical advice for shooting underwater, especially with models or duck diving surfers, but the main thing that interested me was her use of the Outex silicone water housing thing. http://news.smugmug.com/2014/03/26/essential-underwater-photography-tips-from-sarah-lee/ The best tip for me was number three: […]

Stabmag Photolyfe Features: Catching Up

I’m on catchup with Stab’s Photolyfe series, here are the four latest instalments: Clark Little: http://stabmag.com/photolyfe-clark-little/ Domenic Mosqueira: http://stabmag.com/photolyfe-domenic-mosqueira/ Ryan “Chachi” Craig: http://stabmag.com/photolyfe-ryan-chachi-craig/ Damea Dorsey: http://stabmag.com/photolyfe-damea-dorsey/ All worth a look if you haven’t been keeping up with them, my favourite is Ryan Craig’s, some awesome photo’s and be sure to read down to the comments […]

Paulo Barcellos – Life After Bodyboarding

Here’s an interesting interview on Riptide magazines website with Paulo Barcellos, ex world champion bodyboarder who now makes a living taking photo’s and shooting video of surfing. http://riptidemag.com.au/news/1715-life-after-bodyboarding-with-paulo-barcellos As always I’m fascinated by the photo of all his gear, although in the interview the idea that gear is definitely not everything comes across clearly, experience […]

Brian Bielman – Straight Up The Man Documentary

I don’t know how I missed this one a few weeks ago when it went up, This 16 minute documentary on legendary surf photographer Brian Bielmann on vimeo is a real treat for anyone learning surf photography, it’s directed by Joey Maiocco and Scott Nichols. Bielmann: Straight Up the Man – Full Length Documentary from […]

Stab Mag – Photo Lyfe – Quinn Matthews

There’s a new Photo Lyfe article on Stab Mag and it features young photographer Quinn Matthews. http://stabmag.com/photolyfe-quinn-matthews It’s worth a look for some inspiration, basically the photographers all answer the same questions with a photo, one of the images has featured on this site before, from way back in 2012 when it appeared in the […]

Surfer Magazine Best Photo’s of 2013 – Deeper Analysis

By now you’ve probably seen quite a few best of 2013 style posts, I’ve already mentioned The inertia and Stab Mag’s offerings on learningsurfphotography.com, but this one from Surfer magazine is especially interesting to budding surf photographers and definitely warrants a deeper analysis: http://www.surfermag.com/photos/best-photos-2013 For starters, all the images are first class, with many of […]

Stab Mag’s 25 Best Full Frames of 2013

It’s the time of year for 1013 best of round-ups, and Stab Mag’s is a good one to browse through if you’re after some inspiration for surf photography. http://stabmag.com/the-25-best-full-frames-of-2013/ I like this one by Laserwolf in particular because you can see another photographer in the foreground (Could be Zak Noyle?) with what looks like a […]

The Inertia Surf Portfolio Challenge 2013

I’ve not put up many posts about The Inertia, the last one was actually a best of round up from 2012, so this it’s almost a tradition to highlight their yearly highlights from the surf photography world. http://www.theinertia.com/surf/the-inertia-surf-portfolio-challenge-2013/ This time it’s in the form of a competition, you get to vote for the best photographer […]

Grind TV – How I Got The Shot Features

Every now and then I stumble across a feature on a website that I can’t believe I haven’t seen before, this time it’s Grind TV’s How I Got The Shot, and there’s a fair bit of content there that is going to be useful for learning surf photography. Here’s a quick list of the features […]

Morgan Maassen – Interview/Gallery

There’s an interview with Morgan Maassen on surfcareers.com, it’s pretty brief but there’s a few interesting questions about how he got started in the career, he echoes Eugene Tan’s advice to Shoot every day when asked what tips he has for anyone learning surf photography: http://surfcareers.com/blog/morgan-maassen-photographer/ Do you have any advice for people wanting to […]

Laurent Pujol – Behind The Shot – Video

More on Laurent Pujol’s sick in the barrel angle, this time with a video from Surfing Magazine’s Behind The Shot article featuring the man himself, a must watch, even though it’s probably not a technique that will be on your must-try list: Behind the Photo: Laurent Pujol from SURFING Magazine on Vimeo. Read more about […]

Surf Photo’s For Philippines

This a great idea from Greg Martin: http://www.justgiving.com/surfphotosforphilippines Make a donation, get a hi-res surf photo from a top UK photographer to make a personal print with, read more about it here: http://magicseaweed.com/news/Surf-Photos-for-Philippines/5864/ The official Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Surf-Photos-For-Philippines/161069914104346?fref=ts It’s only for 48 hours which started yesterday at 6pm so you’ve got until tomorrow […]

Eugene Tans Surf Photography Masterclass

Following up from the recent post featuring Eugene Tan in a Canon video, here’s an interview from a few months back on British newspaper The Telegraph’s website, the sub title is: “How to excel at surf photography” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/4072/masterclass-how-to-excel-at-surf-photography.html There’s the basic stuff like equipment for shooting in the water and from land, he’s obviously not […]

Gallery – Teaser Images For Upcoming Posts

The surf was small and off shore this weekend so I took the opportunity to take plenty of photo’s, I’ll be writing up a few posts that I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while this week hopefully, so for now you get a little teaser of the forthcoming posts in the form […]

Surfer Magazine – Exposure With Dylan Gordon

Just a quick one tonight for some inspiration, Dylan Gordon’s gallery of favourite shots on Surfer Magazines website: http://www.surfermag.com/photos/exposure-11/#778a152276 My favourite of his shots is the 11th one, a portrait of Ryan Lovelace outside some greenhouses: I like the pattern made by the boards and it reminded me a lot of a location very close […]

Eugene Tan – Aquabumps – Canon Promo Video

You’ve probably heard of Aquabumps, I follow on facebook and regularly see photo’s on magicseaweed, well here’s an inspirational video featuring Eugene Tan, the photographer behind Aquabumps, which focuses on his surfing and wave shooting and especially the Canon gear he uses in that process. The bit I like the most is the shot of […]

Shooting The Curl with Clark Little

There’s a few interesting articles on the Nikon USA website which involve surf photography, this is one of them: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/g588ow0j/shooting-the-curl-gets-a-whole-new-meaning.html You can see a whole lot of Clarks shots in the gallery, I’d recommend scrolling down a little further and playing the video for his description of the images so you can listen whilst clicking […]

18 Seconds Magazine – Dark Chambers – Surf Photographer Special

I’ve posted before about the excellent galleries and photographer interviews in 18 seconds magazine, well Issue number 19, titled Dark Chambers, is a full photographer special, featuring an introduction by Lee Pegus, and interviews with Jon Frank, Ted Grambeau, Peter “Joli” Wilson, Sean Davey, Nate Smith, Andrew Shield, Andrew “Shorty” Buckley, Chris Burkard and Bill […]

Small Wave Photography

A few weeks ago there were a couple of days of small swell around so I decided to try and shoot some small waves with my 28 and 50mm lenses in my Aquatech housing with the LP-5 port. I hadn’t used the flat port properly for shooting surf yet so it was good to get […]

ASP Photographer Kirstin Scholtz Interview

There’s a brief interview with ASP photographer Kirstin Sholtz on surfcareers.com, if you follow the WCT at all you will have seen plenty of her photo’s already but there’s a gallery of some highlights on the page to have a browse of too. Link: http://surfcareers.com/blog/kirsten-scholtz-asp-photographer/ Pipeline, Photo: Kirstin Scholtz Obviously the focus is on her […]

New Zealand Gallery on Le Boogie

Another selfish post featuring images of New Zealand, all part of my research for my trip next year: http://leboogie.com/2013/new-zealand-teaser-gallery/ My favourite images are from this beach: Photo by Luke Shadbolt. Looks like I’m going to have a lot of opportunities to practice my composition, I’ve been working on it around here, the geography is on […]

History Lesson: 1968 In The Tube Shots

Michael Kew’s blog peathead is a really interesting read including some awesome snippets of surf photography history that you’re sure to enjoy if you’re learning surf photography. This post in particular is worth a read: Room With A View It describes pioneering in the barrel photographer Harold Ward, who partnered with one of the legends […]

Tim Nunn: One Session in Full

If you’re in anyway interested in surf water photography this is a must read: http://photonunn.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/one-session-in-full.html This is Chris Clarke, photo: Tim Nunn In the blog post Tim Nunn presents the best shot from every individual wave throughout a whole session, it looks like the spot was Bagpipes in Scotland, I’ve been to the spot and […]

Laurent Pujol – More In The Tube Angles

I posted recently about Seth Stafford’s in the tube behind the surfer angle, well here’s another surf photographer, French ex-pro surfer Laurent Pujol, who’s also shooting the same angle. Photo: Laurent Pujol You can read about it on Stab Mag here (few more pic’s, after sitting through an advert): http://stabmag.com/premium/the-greatest-water-photos-ever-taken/ Or Red Bull here (same […]

TWS Photographer Series: Brian Bielman

Transworld Surf’s photographer series is always worth a look, this time it’s Brian Bielman, check it out here: http://surf.transworld.net/1000163644/photos/the-photographer-series-brian-bielmann/ There’s a minimalist interview, my favourite snippet: Best advice you could give an up and coming photographer? You better be able to get the job done and you better be cool or no one will ever […]

Seth Stafford – in the Tube Angle

Here’s a cool photo with a nice how-to attached: Seth Stafford explains in this brief interview on the Transworld Surf site that he was riding a bodyboard and shooting whilst Mike Gleason rode the barrel just in front. If I knew any stand-ups who were consistently getting barrelled in the waves near me I’d definitely […]

18 Seconds Magazine number 17: Nate Smith Feature

The latest issue of on line surf magazine 18 seconds is out, read it here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a174b03c#/a174b03c/1 I’ve had a quick browse, my favourite bits include a snippet from page 35/36 featuring surf photographer Ed Sloane writing about shooting photo’s in the Australian state of Victoria, it sounds quite a lot like the UK for variety […]

Todd Glaser Interview

http://jamiesincrediblejournal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/photography-interview-todd-glaser.html I just had a quick read of the Todd Glaser interview on Jamie Goodsell’s blog, I recommend having a look via the link above. Then have a look at Jamie Goodsell’s website, there are some great portraits on there, I’ll be having more of a look later on. The most interesting bit for me […]

Surfer Magazine – Danger Close – War/Surf Photographer Guillermo Cervera

www.surfermag.com/features/danger-close-2/ This article/interview featuring Guillermo Cervera is definitely worth a read, coincidentally I was chatting recently to a friend who often travels to extreme destinations (check out miserabletravels.tumblr.com). We chatted about surf photography and his techniques for getting photo’s in difficult situations, I’m not sure how well technique crosses over really but the attitude required […]

Paul Fenrich’s Nazare Post

paulfenrich: There have been a lot of photos floating about this week from the monster swell hitting Praia do Norte, Nazaré in Portugal. These two pics show something with interests me a lot… Background compression when shooting at a long focal length. Wide angle lenses increase distances from subject to background, telephotos compress, making shots like these dramatic and compelling. Pics […]

Surf Photography Inspiration – Top 5: Non Surf Related

Sometimes you don’t want to be bombarded by surf images, over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to expand my pool of inspirational and instructional resources to see what they can bring to my surf photography. Whatever you’re interested in this list should offer at least a few ideas to keep you improving. 1: […]

Best of the Best 2012

Here are a couple of time killing end of year features that you will find interesting if you’re learning surf photography like me, it’s always nice to get some inspiration for the new year, personally I’m going to try something a little bit new for tomorrows dawny session. Surfer Magazine’s best photo’s of 2012 There […]

The 270 Project – Scott Aichner to GoPro Hero 3

Fisheye photography has always interested me, I got a snap on wide angle adapter for my video camera as soon as I could, at the time I was influenced by skate videos like Misled Youth and the water footage in bodyboarding videos like No Friends, I like the distortion, the extreme close-up nature of the […]

Inspiration – Movement Magazine Issue 41

I just received the last ever issue of Movement magazine, it’s got a hard cover and has some great features. The one that will be most interesting to anyone learning surf photography will be the first part of the evolution of a revolution article. Movement Issue 41 from Movement Magazine on Vimeo. In it some […]

Surf Photography Inspiration – Top 5: Photo Websites

If you’re after some feedback on your own surf photo’s, or just some inspiration, these are my top 5 sites for trainee surf photographers. 1: Flickr I sense quite a lot of snobbery around peoples view of Flickr, it’s definitely got a lot of average photo’s on it, I pretty much use it as an […]

Book Review – Flying Through The Clouds: Surf Photography of Jim Russi

After posting about my top 5 inspirational books and magazines for anyone learning surf photography I did a bit of searching for other books that might be worth a read, Jim Russi’s Flying through the clouds seemed like a popular one so I treated myself to a copy. First off – it’s not got any […]

Surfer Magazine: Mangalore Lensman Feature

I happened to be checking out Taylor Steele’s new DVD double disc special featuring  Sipping Jetstreams and Castles in the Sky today at work, I’ve seen Castles in the sky and was pretty impressed with the India section, this article on Surfer Magazine’s web site has some more background to the spots they surf and […]

Surf Photographer’s Websites

This list of surf photographers websites will be updated on a semi regular basis, whenever I mention a new surf photographer in a post I will put their website address here. They are presented in alphabetical order (by surname) so it’s easy to find a name if you’re looking for it. It’s been a couple […]

Surf Photography Inspiration – Top 5: Books & Magazines

I started surfing before the internet, it was rubbish, it’s better now, but I did get used to magazines, books and videos being the only form of surf media I could consume. One night George Greenough’s Crystal Voyager was on Channel 4 and my friends dad taped it, we watched it about 20 times, The […]

Surfer Magazine’s Behind the Lens

I do like a good photo feature that is told form the photographers perspective, this series on the Surfer Magazine website features their staff photographers describing their experiences on photo trips. The first features Todd Glaser talking about Mexico: http://www.surfermag.com/features/behind-the-lens/ I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a bit more technical, I understand that […]

Surf Photography Inspiration – Top 5: Instagram

Think back to the first surf photo that you stared at and thought, I want to take a photo like that. That’s what myInspiring Top 5’s posts are about, finding the photographs that make you want to get out there and create your own. I will add some more top 5 lists in different categories, […]