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A Photographic Journey around San Felipe, Mexico

I have had the opportunity the past four months to live and photograph around San Felipe, Mexico. San Felipe is located in the Baja California and located about 2-3 hours south of the border along the side of The Sea of Cortes. San Felipe is filled with color, culture, great food, and beautiful desert land. Pack all of the correct gear for your travels and take an adventure to gather some great photographs. San Felipe SignOn your way to downtown San Felipe, you will first spot The Arches, a very popular monument of San Felipe. They call the arches “The Gateway To The Sea” The arches offers many angles. However, the only problem photographing the arches are all of the distractions around such as signs and wires, which you can Photoshop out later. Around and past the arches you will also find a hillside where you can explore to gather some more cultural photographs of the areas. This area is where you will find all of the best authentic food with local taquerias and is always a great photo op in itself by practicing your food photography. Down at the end of San Felipe is The Malecon, which sits next to The Sea of Cortes. The Malecon is lined with restaurants, shopping, and with a great view of the sea. This is where all of the events happen in towns such as food festivals, music festivals, and parades. This is a great place to take some iPhone street photography. San Felipe ArchesSan Felipe Culture

San Felipe Food Truck

San Felipe TacosSan Felipe TortaSan Felipe DowntownSan Felipe MaleconSan Felipe MaleconSan Felipe Shrimp FestivalSan Felipe is also a great place to gather some night photography. One of the best spots for night photography is down at The Shipyard, which you will find at the end of The Malecon. The Shipyard used to be a marina but was flooded, and they could not move the ships, so they are left there are part of a San Felipe gem. Up on a hill, you will find a building, The Boom Boom Room, a place that has also been abandoned and a very interesting location to photograph during the day or evening. Up on a mountain, you will find a little yellow chapel that looks over the town of San Felipe and right next to it is the lighthouse, which you can shoot from ground level or up at the top where the prayer building is. This is a great place to work with your angles. If you are in town during the full moon make sure to catch the moon rise over The Sea of Cortes: I was there for supermoon, and it was an incredible experience and a really good opportunity to try my moon photography skills and also work with some post editing. San Felipe Tampico ShipSan Felipe BoomBoom RoomSan Felipe MexicoSan Felipe ChapelSupermoon in MexicoThere are many smaller day trips you can take from San Felipe for some great opportunities including more water and desert land. On a note of transportation, you will need some form of 4-wheel drive out in the desert. It is a famous landmark in the area is The Valley of The Giants and a photo opportunity you will not want to miss. The valley holds cardon cacti that stand nearly 50 feet high. You can also drive further south to Percebu where you will find a little more surf in the water and also a great location to find treasures along the beach. Along the way, you will find more abounded buildings and interesting homes and land to photograph. The desert land has a lot of beauty to offer, and San Felipe is surrounded by beautiful desert land. You can take a drive out west closer to the mountains for some more variety in your desert landscape. The desert also offers some interesting finds such as bones, rocks, and maybe even a carcass or two. If you are going out in the middle of the day, you will have problems with harsh lighting in your landscapes, but you can always enhance your lighting in post production with landscape Photoshop actions or Lightroom Presets and Brushes. Valley of the GiantsValley of the GiantsPercebuSan Feipe DesertSan Felipe Mexico DesertSan Felipe Mexico DesertI hope you have the opportunity to visit San Felipe in your future travels or even Baja California to discover color, culture, and beautiful desert land by the sea or ocean side. As they say in the Baja “No Bad Days!”

4 Easy Tips for Working with Surfers

Surf photography is a technically and physically demanding field. It can be as dangerous as it is exhilarating. You share the risks with your subjects, the surfers themselves. Getting the perfect shot of a surfer riding through the barrel of a wave is nothing like regular sports photography. Shooting with surfers requires a unique partnership with the athletes you photograph, and that teamwork will invariably impact the quality of your photos. While it’s always important to work with your subjects, it’s vital to establish a good working relationship with surfers before you try to photograph them hitting the waves.

1. Make Plans with the Surfers

As we already warned you, surf photography is vastly different from regular sports photography. Photographing sports requires good timing, but you shoot from the sidelines as a spectator. Surf photography often requires photographers to join in the action themselves. It’s usually a struggle to get in the right place at the right time to capture that perfect image. A surfer skimming along the bottom of a barreling wave is a beautiful sight, but it’s also a short one. You cannot get these images alone.


It’s imperative to work with the surfers from the very beginning. Explain what techniques you’re planning, and encourage the surfers to ask questions. If surfers know where you’ll be, they can help you get the best image by speeding up or slowing down as they approach. By involving surfers in the planning process, you also decrease potential sources of frustration. Surfers have to be patient in order to learn their sport. By integrating timing requirements and setting up a plan before hand, it’s easier for surfers to see your needs as a surfing challenge rather than outside interference.

2. Be Flexible

Having a plan is great, but be ready to go with the flow. You never know what the weather may do later in the day, and even if certain beaches usually have great waves, even the ocean has quiet times. Surf photography encompasses more than just shots of surfers on cresting waves. Surfers still have a distinct presence on land, and they make great subjects when they’re just sitting on their boards and waiting for a wave. Surfing is all about patience. Although it’s punctuated by flashes of intense action, surfing has many quiet moments. You should take these opportunities to add variety to your portfolio.


Allow yourself to be creative, especially between major shoots or on slow days. Just because your camera is out of its water housing doesn’t mean it’s time to stop working. Experiment with candid photos or ask your subjects to show you their favorite local areas. You may be surprised how many great surfer shots you can get on land.

3. Ask for and Listen to Their Suggestions

Surfers know the best places to surf. They know where and when waves will be at their highest. They know which beaches are crowded and where the surf is just too tough for tourists. Take advantage of this information. Surfers are more than just the subjects of your photographs. They can be your guides if you let them.


They may even offer some new ideas for composition and lighting. Even if they aren’t professional photographers, chances are they’ve snapped some pictures of their friends in action and recorded great views to show off later. More importantly, they can offer valuable safety advice. For example, if there’s an area of the beach with particularly strong riptides, they can warn you away from that risk.

Depending on your arrangement with the surfer(s), your preferences may come second. Sometimes surfers hire photographers to get pictures they can use when entering competitions or submitting profiles. You can still expand your portfolio, and your subject will likely listen to your professional advice, but remember that the relationship works both ways. Be willing to experiment. Your images can benefit everyone. Even if you are not hired by the surfers themselves, take time to see what images excite them, and plan future shoots accordingly.

4. Have Fun

Photography and surfing are both serious business, but always remember to have fun. Surfers risk their lives for the rush, and you wouldn’t be attempting surf photography if you weren’t happy to get in the ocean with them. You’ll have a lot of missed opportunities and inevitably get frustrated at times. Remembering to enjoy yourself can prevent that frustration from destroying a productive shoot. You may not get what you want today, but there’s always tomorrow. So long as you have fun, you’ll never see a day as wasted.


Once you’ve set up your plan and actually gotten in the water with your subjects, everything changes. Surf photography is stunning because it captures moments of intense, rapid action. The waves are breaking, the surfer is moving, and that’s just the action on the surface. Working with surfers is challenging because the pictures you’re trying to take are extremely difficult to capture. That only makes the final images all the more rewarding.

What Equipment Do You Need for Surf Photography?

If you’re new to surf photography, the idea of jumping into the impact zone with expensive gear can be nerve-racking. Getting and prepping the right gear is essential for any photographer. Surf photography just has higher stakes. Make sure to always double check your camera, accessories, and transportation before you leave shore.

Cameras and Lenses

No matter where you shoot, some photography principles remain the same. The best cameras on land are typically the best cameras in the sea. Be sure to look for cameras that have a high action shot rating. Surfers move fast, and water moves even faster. In order to capture crisp images, you need some power behind the lens. DSLR cameras are usually the best choice, due in large part to their versatility. They allow users to program settings in advance, which is very important when you’re using protective equipment. Even better, most of the newer products have lock features that prevent the settings from being jostled while the photographer is moving around. Since surf photography involves quite a lot of rough and tumble shooting, this little perk is a lifesaver.


You won’t be able to change lenses easily once you get shooting. If you’re using underwater or double-tow techniques, you won’t be able to change lenses at all until the session is over. While a variety of lenses are useful for capturing diverse shots, be sure you start with a few good wide angle and fisheye lenses. These capture the widest field of view, and it can be hard to focus on framing a shot when you’re in the middle of a wave.

Water Housing

It shouldn’t surprise you that you’ll need some heavy duty water housing. This extra protection is always a good idea when you’re working around water, even if you’re shooting from a boat. There’s water housing for accessories like flashes, too. Flashes work well in surfing images, particularly in close-range work, like double-tow and underwater photography.

Make sure to research products carefully before buying, as not all water housing is designed to take the kind of punishment surf photography will deal it. Check to ensure your water housing is suitable for deep water, too. Many action cameras claim to be waterproof, for example, but can only handle depths up to a few feet.


Before you hit the waves, test your equipment, preferably with an old camera, just in case the product is faulty. Try submerging your water housing with nothing inside first, to see if there are obvious leaks, and then move on to actual photography tests in your tub, pool, fish tank, etc. You’ll have enough to worry about when you’re in the ocean without paranoia over untested water housing.


Getting around as a surf photographer is very different from getting around on land. You can walk around your subject when you’re working on terrestrial photography, but it’s much more difficult to maneuver in the water. While you can always use the beach and surrounding landscape to position yourself, the best surf photographers inevitably get in the water with the surfers at some point.

Although it doesn’t have a motor, a surfboard is an excellent mode of transportation, especially if you have a long paddle to add propulsion. Methods like double-tow require a board, but it’s a useful tool for any surf photographer. A surfboard allows you to get out on the water and photograph surfers in their element. The board’s buoyancy makes it easier and safer to get out to deep water with your subjects or move between isolated points of land. Many surf photographers begin as surfers, so this could be an important tool you already have.


Small boats or jet-skis allow rapid repositioning. This is important if you are trying to cover many different angles during a short period of time. Since waves crest and break in a matter of seconds, this really applies to all surf photographers. You will always be on the move, following your subjects to the most active zones. Boats and other motorized transports also give you a slightly elevated vantage point without tying you to shore.

What Works for You?

There are two primary drawbacks to these methods of transport, however. First, they are usually expensive. Even renting such equipment can be costly, and few photographers have the budget to buy such machines outright. Since you’re playing with big waves, costly accidents are also a real possibility. The second downside depends a lot on the location of the beach where you plan to shoot. Some beaches have restrictions that keep surfers and motorized vehicles apart for safety reasons. Sometimes, you’re almost better off shooting from the beach.

Whether you’re starting slow or kicking things off with a big investment, be sure to research and test your equipment before you go in the water. Surf photography is full of opportunities for new talent. Make sure your gear is ready to capture the action.

The Evolution of Double-Tow Surf Photography

Surf photography is always a tricky business, but there’s nothing trickier than riding along behind a surfer and capturing images from inside the barrel of a cresting wave. This is the world of a double-tow surf photographer.

Needless to say, it isn’t a very common technique. Still, the images these photographers bring back are absolutely captivating. They allow the audience to see from the surfer’s perspective. They are the only way most people will know what it looks like on the inside of a barreling wave. The technique recently had a resurgence, and double-tow photography is evolving to conquer new challenges.


The Invention of Double-Tow

Originally developed by the French photographer Laurent Pujol, the double-tow puts the photographer as close to the subject as possible. In this method, two tow lines are attached between the back of the subject’s surfboard and the front of a second board the photographer rides.

In order to get out to the surfer, the photographer gets a tow from a jet-ski. Once in position, the photographer gets to ride along behind the surfer, snapping shots from within the barrel. This makes for some striking images with strong silhouettes and a fascinating point of view for the observer. The technique revolutionized surf photography, but the unique challenges and demands of double-tow photography meant it wasn’t easy to try, let alone develop.

Leroy Bellet

While Laurent Pujol’s original method was great for the bright, natural light of a sunny day, there’s something special about sunrise and sunset for photographers. It’s easy to get great contrast, and there’s something powerful about these brief transitions between day and night. Unfortunately, while surf photographers could still snap pictures from just about anywhere else at these hours, it didn’t seem possible with double-tow.


Then Leroy Bellet, a teenage prodigy surf photographer from Australia, decided to get creative with a flash. Working with a camera in bulky waterproof housing is hard enough without adding a flash – with its own giant water housing case – into the equation. Leroy Bellet did it anyway. With the flash, he opened a whole new world of opportunities for double-tow photographers. Suddenly, sunset, sunrise, and even nighttime photography were open to Bellet.

Leroy Bellet and his images are already famous. With the flash in play, he has captured stunning images of surfers leaving glowing tunnels of water into the dark abyss beyond. Vivid red sunsets provide the perfect contrast for the blue waves and black clad surfers in other photos. Each image is unique. Their originality comes from the diversity of lighting and color that comes with the combination of flash and natural light.

Challenges of Double-Tow

The first and greatest challenge of double-tow photography is surfing. In order to master double-tow photography, you absolutely must be able to surf. Not only do you have to surf, but you have to surf well. You have to ride well enough to keep steady for shots, and swim clear after the wave breaks. To make matters even more complicated, you must do all of this while hauling around heavy camera gear. Surfing on its own is a pretty dangerous endeavor, and adding a camera to the mix requires a very special set of skills.


Another great frustration for double-tow photographers comes from shifting focus. The predetermined space between photographer and subject makes it easy to calculate focal length on shore. Unfortunately, it’s just as easy for even the most advanced cameras to slip and lose focus during a rough tumble through the surf. Bellet had to get creative to ensure his camera stayed focused while it was in its water housing. He decided to start taping the barrel of the lens in place. Putting something sticky on your expensive equipment may sound awful, but this technique has proven itself for the double-tow photographer.

The last challenge comes in editing, especially for double-tow photographers like Bellet who shoot with a flash in dim light. As exciting as the composition may be, viewers still want to see a balanced photo. It takes a lot of time to bring out the background colors of the sky when a bright flash is used against a gleaming wetsuit in the foreground. Double-tow surfers don’t just have to master their shooting techniques. They must also master the fine art of digital photo editing.

Despite all the challenges and risks involved in double-tow photography, ambitious souls like Pujol and Bellet will continue to surprise and excite audiences. The innate obstacles of this method limit the number of photographers who can even attempt it, which makes the stunning views all the more inspiring.  It’s the most dangerous surf photography technique, but it creates a one-of-a-kind impression.

5 Awesome Surf Photography Techniques

Surf photography is a challenging discipline, but it yields photos unlike anything else on earth. While the best techniques require good swimming skills and even some surfing knowledge, it’s possible to begin developing a portfolio from land. The following list has techniques for everyone, from beginner to advanced professional. You can dive in with the surfers or keep your feet dry. If you’re daring, you’ll try both.

1. Double-Tow

This is by far the most dramatic technique on our list. Just like a truck can tow the second car over land, a surfer can tow a second surfboard through a barreling wave. Usually, the photographer gets a tow from a jet-ski out to the surfer, and then gets linked to the surfer’s board. Then surfer and photographer ride the wave together.

This incredible technique allows the photographer to take photos looking out from inside the wave’s tunnel. It’s a striking perspective, but it’s also incredibly difficult to master. If you already know how to surf, this may be the perfect technique for you. You’ll still have to balance on a board with heavy camera equipment, of course, but surfers have a clear advantage over other photographers.

2. Shooting from a Boat

Small boats can’t get into the waves themselves, but they can provide an elevated angle that, coupled with enough zoom, creates great shots. Unlike many of the other techniques on this list, shooting from a boat requires relatively little prep and recovery time between shots. It’s also one of the safest ways to photograph surfers. Boats give photographers a lot of mobility, which gives photographers an advantage over shooting from the beach.


The obvious drawback, of course, is that you have to pay for a boat. Usually only contracted photographers can afford this. Even if you have your own boat, you still need to find someone to captain it while you shoot. Unless you’re a local with connections or a boat of your own, this technique might be too pricey for beginners.

3. Action-Cam

This informal approach to photography is a hands-off technique. Once an action-cam is strapped to a surfer’s board, the photographer can’t adjust a single setting. They can’t even tilt the camera to get a better angle. The surfer goes off with the equipment, and the photographer waits for them to return with the footage. This approach is usually better for filming rather than photography, but some surfers who double as photographers have used trial and error to find the best angles for still shots.


Action-cams don’t produce the same quality images as a DSLR camera, and they are far less versatile. This technique is best used by surfers themselves since it allows them to capture images without handling a camera while they surf. As these cameras develop, however, it’s possible photographers will imagine new and innovative ways to improve on the technique.

4. Shooting from the Water

Being in the water gives you great access to a variety of shots of both the surfers and waves. If you paddle out with the surfers, you can go under while they wait for a wave and capture silhouettes from the below. Close-ups and candid moments as the surfers relax on their boards also make great shots. There’s an intimacy to photos taken from the water when surfers are alone between the open ocean and the beach.


Apart from the double-tow technique, this is also the only way to get inside the tube with a surfer. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to wait in the impact zone while the surfer goes out to wait for the swell to break. The wave will bring your subject right to you, and if you time it right, you can get a shot inside the barrel of the wave with a surfer. Obviously, this takes great timing and good waterproof housing, and you’ll have to try a lot before you get a successful shot. The results are well worth the wait, though. Unlike double-tow images, you get to see the surfer’s face in addition to the interior of the wave. Still, it’s very difficult to capture these images, and you should be prepared for a lot of trial and error.

5. Shooting from Land

Shooting from a straight beach provides few options for surf photographers. Fortunately, some of the best surfing spots are in semicircular coves or bays. Photographers can often walk out past the beach to get better vantage points or even take a small boat or surfboard to rocky outcroppings at the very edge of a bay. Small islands make for great shooting locations, too. Anything that’s safe to stand on can be a shooting location. Changing your elevation by shooting from nearby cliffs and overlooks will diversify your shots, too.


Surfing photography is still a relatively new discipline, and it’s affected by technological advances more than just about any other type of photography. Some techniques require little more than a basic rig and good timing, but the more advanced methods demand serious water housing and surfing talent. Whether you’re a photographer looking to try a new and exciting challenge, or a surfer looking for innovative ways to improve your own photography, there’s a method perfectly suited to your skills.

Making Water Vibrant in Photoshop

Have you ever taken a vacation to a beach, or followed a river up a mountain? It’s hard not to want to take pictures of the beautiful scenery that water provides. Photographing water can be tricky, however. Often times the picture you take and the image you saw don’t match up. Whether it’s the way the sun reflects on the water or that your camera picked up more of the vegetation around your stream, sometimes the water in your picture comes out looking dark and muddy.

No one wants to remember a good time through pictures of murky water. Fixing this problem in Photoshop is easy, and can turn your dark pictures into beautiful memories.


Create the New Layer

The first step in making your picture amazing is creating your new layer. Add a new solid color layer. Pick out the color that you eventually want your water to look like. (This is a fun opportunity to make fantasy pictures by using an unusual color, like purple). Your picture will then change to that whole color.


In order to see your original picture you need to change the type of layer mask you have set. Different pictures require different settings. The most common are color dodge, color burn, soft and hard light, and overlay. In this example, we use a soft light. Play around with each of the different settings to see which one works best for you.

In this step, it’s important to only pay attention to the water. Don’t worry right now about how the surroundings or any people/animals look in the picture. We’ll be touching those up next. For now, keep your focus on how the settings make the water look.


Separating the Water

Now that you have your water looking amazing, there’s the issue of the background and any people or animals that also inhabit the image. While the water got the special treatment, this often leaves everything else looking weird and out of place. But, there is a simple fix that doesn’t take too long.

Once you’re ready, click on the layer mask of your new layer (the white box next to your color) and set your brush to black. This process removes the layer settings from whatever you paint over. Use this to restore the original beauty to any friends or family or the natural surroundings of your water.


When doing this, use a brush that’s smaller than the area you’re filling in, and just fill in the center. When you’re ready to move to the edges of your subject, be sure to change the opacity of your brush to a lower setting. This way you don’t have to worry as much about accidentally ruining your water. This is also a useful way of painting edges if you have an unsteady hand.

There is no right or wrong here. It all depends on what you want to do. Sometimes it’s best not to paint over everything that isn’t water. If you want to make something or someone in your image pop, it’s best not to paint the background. If you’re on a crowded beach, just paint over your models and leave the rest of the crowd in the layer mask. This will let your subjects be bright and vibrant, and the center of attention in the busy picture. You might also want to paint over some parts of your water, drawing attention to a specific location in your image.

The dad is now unpainted to draw attention to the child
The dad is now unpainted to draw attention to the child

Fixing Mistakes

Once you’ve finished, you may notice some mistakes, or just want to check to be sure you got everything. Here are some simple ways to check your work, and fix any errors you made along the way.

If you want to see if there are any spots in your image you missed, simply turn off the visibility of the background layer. This will produce a screen that shows translucency where you painted over. If you see any spots of color in your person or background, go back over them with your black brush.


If you notice that you accidentally brushed over some water, or you decide later on that you really don’t want to paint over the crowd, it’s easy enough to go back. Simply set the brush to white, and paint back over your mistakes. This reverts that part of the image back to the layer mask settings.

Everyone loves a good picture of water, but it can be hard to produce. More often than not, a beautiful water scene comes out looking dark and murky in the final product. If this happens to you, it’s easy enough to use some simple Photoshop tools to turn your gloomy water picture into the amazingly bright image you remember seeing.

Here are the best ways to change colors in photoshop for you only!

How to Photograph Water – Water Photography Tips

Water is a wonderful part of nature that everyone can appreciate looking at. Whether you want to photograph a river, an ocean, a lake, or a waterfall you’ll need to know how to set up your camera for the perfect shot. Water photography is a tricky subject. However, by changing a few camera settings, you can get an excellent shot. Once you know how to set up the shot beforehand and properly change your settings for the type of picture you want, you’ll be a water-shooting pro in no time.

Water Photography Tip #1: Protecting Your Camera

One of the most important things to keep in mind when doing water photography is the safety of your camera. Just like any other electronic, your camera will not fare well when wet. Shooting near water can harm your camera and even make the photos come out looking splotchy and hazy.


To protect your camera from falling in the water during water photography sessions, always use a tripod that is steady. Not only will the tripod protect your camera, but it will also make the image steadier. Sometimes you’ll want a slower shutter speed for your camera, and if you’re holding it in your shaky hands, the photo may come out blurry.

When in a place where water spray is likely, such as the beach or a waterfall, be sure to cover your camera. Enough light drops on a camera can ruin it. When you are ready to set up your shot, be sure to cover your lens up until you’re ready to shoot. An old camera filter or a plastic bag will not only protect your camera lens during your water photography, but it will also prevent watermarks from getting on the glass and ruining your photo.


Water Photography Tip #2: Setting up the Shot

Water photography is mostly a game of composition. Even with wrong camera settings, a nicely composed picture can turn out great. But no amount of fancy settings or filters can take a horribly framed photo and turn it amazing. With water, the placement of your camera is of the utmost importance. You can create amazing scenes using curves and natural objects such as rocks and vegetation.

Generally speaking, lines are what attract the eye. When someone looks at a photo, their eyes follow the lines created by the objects. A good photo uses these lines to draw the eye to the important aspects of an image. Being out in nature, you’re going to have to find these eye-catching lines yourself.


The best spot to take pictures of water isn’t always the most convenient. You may have to walk along a river or climb to a certain part of a waterfall to get the best shot. Generally, you want to find curves. Waterfalls and ocean waves have plenty of these. When looking to shoot rivers, try to find a bend or a handful of swerves to help get the attention of your audience.

A picture of just water isn’t going to be all that astounding. Try and think of a photo you’ve seen that shows the river without the bank, the ocean without the beach. There aren’t many. A lot of the attraction to water images is the nature that surrounds them. Keep this in mind when you’re preparing your shot. You want to include the rocks, the sand, and the vegetation that surrounds your water. Use the natural landscape to frame your shot or divide it into neat lines. It may take some time searching, but eventually, you’ll find the perfect spot to shoot.

Water Photography Tip #3: Setting Shutter Speed

Once you’ve found where you’re going to shoot, you need to figure out how you’re going to shoot. When it comes to water there are two main types of effects you can make. You can either produce an image with still water or one that’s moving. Both of these types of effects create stunning images, and it is easy to get both in one shot.

Creating water effects comes down to shutter speed. Shutter speed is how fast or slow your camera takes a picture. When you hear a camera click, that’s the shutter closing on the image, capturing it. If the shutter speed is slow, the image is revealed for longer, letting the camera pick up more light and movement. When it’s fast, the image is revealed for a shorter period and the camera can’t pick up on everything.


If you want to create still water images, you’ll want to set your shutter speed to a faster setting. Faster settings do allow you to hold the camera (use a strap so it doesn’t fall in). Because the picture doesn’t have a lot of time to capture the image, it will only catch a fraction of what’s going on, leaving you with the illusion that the river or waterfall wasn’t moving at all.

However, if you like the idea of showing motion, and want a streaming-like effect on your images, then use a lower speed. This is where your tripod will come in handy, so the image doesn’t shake. As the image is revealed for a longer period, the camera can pick up on the movement of the water, and track it as it goes along. This allows for the final image to have movement in it.


Photographing water can be tricky and dangerous to your camera. But as long as you take proper safety precautions, your camera can help you get the perfect image. Just remember to spend enough time scoping out the perfect shot. And don’t forget to change the shutter speed as you go to get some different effects in your pictures.

Surf Photography and Shooting Waves

Is there anything more peaceful and more beautiful than the ocean? We all love to sit on the beach and watch the waves crash against the shore. It is a wonderful thing, and it is also beautiful to capture in photos.

Another wonderful thing to capture with your camera is the surf, even if the waves are not that powerful. The problem is that it can be hard to capture that without the proper equipment and the proper techniques. You may only get a bunch of blurry waves, and that is not what you want. You want to capture the peaceful feeling that comes from the waves and the ocean. You want to capture what it makes you feel, and that will connect with the people that are going to see the photo.

When we talk about surf in this article, we both mean the surf of the waves themselves, but also of people surfing. So, how do you capture great surf and wave photos? There are many techniques, but these are some of the best.


Look at the Day

When you are looking to get the surf photos and wave photos that you want, it is all about the weather and the day that you are shooting in. You want everything to come together for the shots and that can mean that the sun needs to be in the right spot, and the waves need to be just right. Keep an eye on the weather, and once you know the weather and if it is going to work for you, then you can start planning what kind of lens you are going to want to use.

Don’t Delay

When the moment comes, get out and get your photos. If you are getting wave photos, get out there and start taking pictures. The waves may not last forever, and you may only have a few minutes, or an hour, to get the photo you want. If you are getting pictures of surfers, then delaying can cost you some really great photos.


The Equipment

What equipment should you use for this? Well, first you should probably use a camera with waterproof housing, or a waterproof camera. There are many options, but you should get a Canon 5D Mark III. This is an excellent camera that will get you clear and sharp photos of the surf, of the waves, and of surfers. You should also have an array of lenses including fisheye lenses, 8-15 mm lenses, 500 mm lenses, 70-200 mm lenses and 16-35 mm lenses.

Work with the Surfers

The surfers are the ones you are getting photos of when you are doing surf photo, so you are going to need to work with them. You should speak with them and explain what you are doing. Most are going to be more than happy to have their photo taken, especially if you offer them some of the pictures. Nothing makes a great Facebook cover photo like you surfing through the waves. They will be more than happy to work with you.


Get in the Water

If you want to get great wave photos, or great surfer photos, you are going to need to get in the water. Obviously, you’re going to need a waterproof housing for your camera. You want to make sure your camera is completely protected, so don’t skimp on this. Do your research and get something really well-built.

You should try and get into the impact zone where the waves are going to crest the most. This is how you get a great photo of the surfer coming through the tube of the wave as it crests. Swim out with one of the surfers, and sit there waiting. The surfer will also wait and then when the wave comes, get ready and start snapping the photos.

If you have talked to the surfers about what you need, they will try and slow down so you can get the right photo, or speed up if that is what you are looking for. You may have to stay at the impact zone for a while, and you will take hundreds of photos to get the right shot. Don’t leave that impact zone until you have what you want, otherwise you just wasted your day.


Look Through the Pictures

Before you come in from the water, take a look at your photos, and see what they look like. You may get what you want immediately, or you may need to spend some more time in the impact zone. Also, don’t forget to try different angles. Get some shots from under the water looking up at the waves, attach a camera to the board if the surfer will allow it, and whatever you can think of. Get some very interesting photos, look through your photos, and don’t leave until you get the photos you want.


Whether you are getting photos of relaxing waves on the shore, or photos of surfers enjoying huge waves, these tips will help you get the exact picture you want.