3) ACCEPT THAT IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT AESTHETICS
Different photographers have different styles. Ultimately they’re taking pictures of bits of street furniture and concrete walls. You can get more artistic with them and really have some beautiful compositions and make stuff look great. But if it’s not showing the story then you’re not doing the job. Generally when filming you use quite a wide lens so you’re not really looking through the viewfinder. You’ll be very close to the skateboarder with the camera quite low and tracking with them.
4) SHOOT WHEN YOU CAN
Light is pretty important. A lot of photographers use flashes because it’s very fast-moving so you need a fast shutter speed. It’s nice to shoot at the golden hour: images just look nicer when you’ve got that lower light, longer shadows. But if someone needs to go at a certain time to ollie a huge gap then that becomes the main thing. Often it’s security you’re having to deal with. It might mean you need to rock up and skate somewhere at four in the morning otherwise deal with getting kicked off a place.
5) BE PREPARED TO GET HIT
When people are sliding down a handrail you have to be close in under and there’s where you get some of the best photos. You can have skateboards flying off, hitting your face or your camera.