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Postby Beat color » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:21 am

Not like portrait or real estate photography, surf photography is a very demanding art form that doesn't only require technical skill, but high physical endurance and a great knowledge and understanding of the surroundings in and out of the water. Here are some simple tips to help you have the best surf photograph.

Tip #1: Getting the right water housing

Many photographers investing a huge money on their most modern camera but purchase for the cheapest water housing when it comes to surf photography. To be honest it is not a good idea. Because there are many people done like that and after a while in the water, the buttons start sticking, they can't change their ISO or shutter speed, and then the water housing starts leaking. This, in turn, destroys the electronics in the camera. If you're going to invest in an awesome camera body and lens, invest in a quality surf housing that has been proven and can take a beating in some heavy surf.

Tip #2: Focus and composition

Using wide angle lenses with a max width of 24mm, then set the focal distance around 8-12 feet before put the camera into the housing. With an aperture no faster than f/9, the depth of field is relaxed to give a nice window of focus on the subject. These settings work best on bright days, when you can ramp the aperture upwards to f/16 and still have an adequate shutter speed to capture action.
The composition of a surf photograph needs to balance the obvious focus and interest on the subject of the photo, along with the beautiful landscape of the surrounding waves, piers, rocks, other people, etc. It would be very easily recognized a distracting element in a portrait. The same is true in a surf photo! If you have a surfer that has an unintended sailboat mast coming out of their ribs, there is distraction. Other traditional rules of composition will definitely still apply. Take the rule of thirds into consideration. Be fully aware of the tension that is created when objects are positioned awkwardly or too closely to the edge of your image.

Tip #3: Being safe first

First and foremost is considering the safety of yourself and others around you. Being an obstruction on the wave as other surfers are coming at you can be a dangerous situation if you’re not familiar how to react. There are many cases, first time surf photographers getting hurt really bad or nearly drowning after hitting the waves. Therefore, you should be aware of your safety. Consider the conditions as well: if it seems too big, heavy, or scary to swim, then stay on the beach. In all scenarios, the classic mantra applies: if you don’t know, don’t go.

Tip #4: Post-processing tricks

Your post processing choices are always a key element to the quality of image that you create. Your photos may have great perspective but the water color is not blue or green as you want, or the sky is greyish. These factors could ruin your masterpiece. Here is when you can make use of post – processing techniques. You can learn new techniques to make a superb image or you can outsource some [url]photo editing companies[/url] out there to support you.

Here are some simple tips for surf photography, hope it will be helpful. Please share your opinions on the comment post.
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