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5 Tips to Improve Your Skateboard Photography

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Still image is a huge part of skateboarding culture. For decades many photographers have dedicated their entire life to freezing the best moments and stunts in skateboarding history. Here are some tips that will help you take better and sharper photos.


Here Are Our Five Tips To Take Better Skateboarding Photos:


Skateboard Photography Inspiration

Skateboard photography good photos
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

This is the most difficult part for any artist, we can spend days trying to come up with some new ideas for our photos and be with a blank mind by the end of the day. Check the social media for your favorite photographers, go to a museum, watch some movies, listen to your favorite band or just GO SKATEBOARDING. We are artists and we need to spark the fire of creativity in our minds.






Manual Mode

Inspirational skateboarding photos
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Setting our cameras on Manual Mode allows us to have full control of the scene that we are shooting. This also allows you to experience different shutter speeds, ISO and F-Stops. Do not be frustrated if you can not achieve the photo you want, trial and error is the best teacher you can have. Having high shutter speed can freeze the image and a slow speed can be used to play and make some weird ass looking photos.


Skateboard Photography Lighting

Skate photos lighting is important
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Flashes are very important in skate photography. In many scenarios, using a flash can help us give that special touch to our images, either to freeze the movement or to illuminate a background. This source can be your best friend or your worst enemy if you fail to synchronize the shutter speed with the power of your flash.


Invest and Take Care of Your Camera Gear

Photography is an expensive profession, but if you want to achieve quality photos you have to be willing to invest in the necessary equipment. A good variety of lenses can give you the perspective you are looking for.


Go Skating!

skateboard still photos
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

The best way to improve your skate photography is to feel, live and breathe skateboarding, don ́t be that lazy guy sitting all day with your camera and a beer, go skate with your bros, push through new neighborhoods, have as much fun as possible and I promise your photos are gonna improve.

I hope these five tips can help you improve your photography skills, remember that experience is the best teacher and everything takes time and a lot of effort so we can accomplish our goals.


Read Also: Why It’s Important to Make Skateboarding Videos
Read Also: Why You Should Make Skateboard Videos



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