Category Archives: Life

Skateboard Photography

 

     It’s been a long time since I did any action photography.  Owning a soft top jeep and living close to a homeless shelter resulted in numerous break-ins and the theft of my strobes I used for skate photography. This summer I’d really love to get back into it.  I miss the lifestyle involved.  It was a relaxing and fulfilling part of my life.  

 

     After making the jump from cinematography to still photos I easily fell into skateboard photography. I have never skated seriously.  A bit early on in high school but nothing significant.  It was my time spent studying lighting for photography and coming across two amazing forums: Skate Perception and Wheels and Wax that started my interest in action photography.  They were filled with shooter from every level that were all willing to share the technical aspects. I started exploring these sites with no interest in shooting action. Coming from a cinematographic background I was immediately interested by the lighting techniques used in skateboard photography. To me skate shots stood out from most sports photography as they were approached by the photographer in more of an artistic than documentary way in regards to lighting.

Tyson - Pole jam front board

     Before I even had my pocket wizard and multi strobe off camera setup I had already read through thousands of posts over a few months taking in everything I could.  I went out and took my first shots with a three light setup and radio triggers and the confidence that these websites gave me.  I had already run it over in my mind a million times.  I had all the theory worked out and my first few shots turned out great.

 

Andrew Todd Photography

Andrew Todd Photography

 

     With my background in film it was easy for me to take it all in.  The style of under powering the ambient to bring out deep rich blue skies and make the subject “pop” became my look that I started to apply with every kind of photography.  

Tum Yeto Ad - Sierra Fellers- Nollie front feeble

Tum Yeto Ad - Sierra Fellers- Nollie front feeble

     I miss the road trips, the parties and creative atmosphere involved with skateboard photography.  Working with skaters and filmers, we set out to create something new everyday.  It wasn’t about skating for a paycheck or taking photos for a paycheck.  I’ve put more money into skateboard photography than I could probably ever hope to get out of it.  It was all for the love of it.

Lauchlan Ough

Lauchlan Ough

A slideshow of some of these photos can be found at:

 http://flickr.com/photos/andrewtodd/sets/72157594386615146/show/

 

– Andrew Todd