Seems Chas Smith is just throwing anything up and see what sticks – Surf Photogs To Form Union!
This will never work, why not? It’s not so much who is the best surf photographer as this day in age the camera does more work then the photographer does. So on that note the magazines and brands don’t need the great photographer (union worker) they will just use the good photographer and pretty much get what they need.
“If there are 100 people shooting the same wave, your shot’s worth pretty much nothing.” – Trogan Fan/BeachGrit
Former pro bodyboarder Scott Aichner from Ventura California wants to get back into shooting movies. Scott was shooting video/film for Toobs bodyboards in the early 90’s then later went to shooting stills for Surfer magazine. He was living on the North Shore of Oahu for many years then over time (digital) it got that much harder just to pay the overhead living paycheck to paycheck. Scott then packed it all up and moved back to Ventura.
At then end of the day all photographers are replaceable to the surf magazines. Sure some of the new photographers might not shoot as good as their past photographers and some may shoot better, but to the editors of the surf mags which have shrunk so much they will make due with what shots their senior photographers are producing today.
“I think if Scott wants to get back into it that is great. The problem with most cameraman is they get into shooting for the wrong reasons. They think their going to make so much money traveling the world, but their so wrong. In this day and age it’s more who you know not what you know. If Scott goes out and has fun not expecting to make $ I think he’ll do fine, but if he thinks their is some demand for him we’ll he’s clueless!” – Jack English
“It’s where I started before stills. I was always fascinated by Jack McCoy’s films. The watery wide-angle slow-mo’s just captured me. The ability to expand time in the barrel from one second to 20 seconds or more. Back then, I bought a high-speed 16mm camera, had a housing built and moved to Hawaii. Then I gave stills a go and had a couple of covers in my first North Shore season. I was hooked! But I love motion!” – Scott Aichner/BeachGrit
One of Scott’s early movies for Toobs bodyboards – Sixth Sense
Fiberglass and Megapixels – Scott comes in at 2:10
“Legendary photographer Aaron Chang might appreciate Quinn’s work if he could only remember who the hell Quinn is! Apparently at the Follow the Light award’s ceremony last night Aaron stepped to the stage as the head judges and talked about the finalists but when he came to Quinn hemmed and hawed before squirting, “Don’t know who Quinn Matthews is…” –BeachGrit
Don’t worry about it Quinn nobody under 40 knows who Aaron Chang is nor does anyone know that he went bankrupt years ago – the egotistical photographer loves to talk about himself but never seems to share any truth!
“This is the incredible story of how the world’s first large format, underwater Polaroid photo shoot was accomplished, capturing stunning images of a beautiful girl surrounded by tropical marine life.” – Pryme Magazine
How did you manage to focus your cameras underwater? (our favorite question and answer)
It was very difficult because of the refraction difference shooting underwater. We did a few shot with a gigantic ruler and took photos at different measurements on the lens. Then we compared the distance on the lens to the distance focused on the ruler, and therefore established a table of distances to shoot. Then when it came time to shoot the model, she was given a tape measure that was fixed on my weight belt and she would go out to 3 metres and the lens was set prior for that distance underwater. I would then reel the tape and we would then go down together, with me trying to keep the same distance at all times and with her doing what she would do best… posing.
“Hello Facebook World! I’m selling a bunch of my photo gear. Pass this onto to anyone you may know who’s interested in sports photography or surf photography. I priced most of all this equipment at the very lower level of the used pricing chart even though a lot of my equipment is in better condition than the price dictates. If you’re interested place private message me. Prices are firm. Gunna wait it out for a year and see what happens with cinema cameras. . I got some loner program stuff I can use until then.” – Peter Taras
“This photo editor sold his camera kit, you’ll never believe what he did next!” – Morgan Massen
We’re not sure if this is the beginning of the end for Peter at Surfing Magazine or if he is truly is waiting for cinema cameras. We call BS on Pete! If your waiting for cinema cameras which is fine, but why then would you be selling your lenses that would go on these cameras? (keeping your trusty 50mm?)
Petes’ Camera Gear for Sale:
…and in other “The Enthusiast Network” news (owners of Surfer and Surfing magazine) editor-in-chief Brendon Thomas of Surfer Magazine for the past 5 years has now left to join forces with The Surfers Journal.
So there you have it, a photo editor selling his gear and a editor that has left his position for a magazine that’s not going anywhere…