By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Do you love those old skateboarding videos of professionals riding in the streets or verts? Have you dreamed of getting your own stunts filmed, like our Friday Flicks™? Recording yourself while riding a skateboard may not just be a nice thing to show. It can be crucial if you are seeking to enter the pro world of this sport. Internet has made video the most important communication piece in the world, and it can be a big boost for your career.
Why Should I Record My Skateboarding Tricks?
There are a lot of reasons to consider here. First of all, it can be useful to track your progress. With video, you can look at your tricks or your falls in detail. That said, you can see the moves that you’re doing wrong and correct your mistakes. And also, other people can watch your progress and give you some good advices. Analyzing your rides even after you get off the board is something done by pros, so you should start to do the same.
But that’s just one of the advantages of recording yourself. Like we do with our SHIT® Sponsorship Competition, most brands and sponsors will like to see your tricks, and video makes that possible. Putting your videos online, not just for contests but also for everyone to watch on video streaming platforms and social media, is the best way to start making a name in the world of skateboarding.
Also, it can be a good way to receive some income! Video platforms such as YouTube will pay you based on the amount of views that your videos get. You just have to make videos constantly and promote them on your social media. That’s a great way to start.
What Do I Need To Make Skateboard Videos?
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)
Although pro skaters get their shots done using professional equipment, you don’t need a lot of money and things to start. All you need is any camera and a friend who can record you while you focus on your ride. The worldwide progress in technology has given us smartphones with great cameras, if you don’t have a photo camera or a video recorder. Also, some smartphones offer slow motion recording, which will allow you (and the people who watch the video) to see your technique in detail. And it also looks really cool!
From here, the possibilities are endless. Your friend can also jump on a skateboard and ride while he/she records you, for example. Just try to shoot video from different angles and let your creativity fly. If ypu want to make your videos look more professional, you will have to edit them in a video editor, such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut. Also, there are a lot of free video editors on the web, and you can also download basic video tools to your smartphone. These apps are easy to use, and you can also add text and effects to your shoots.
However, the work isn’t done by just having your video done. You will need to promote it on your social media. Ask your friends to share your videos, and you may go viral one day. The key to this is to make your video as popular as possible.
Remember: all you need is any camera. Video is a great tool for skaters, not just for promotion and recognition, but also to improve your tricks. Start recording your rides as soon as possible, and let the world know the great SHIT® that you’re pulling off.
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