This is my first attempt at Surfers photography. I am taking photography lessons from a fine arts photographer, and this is my second homework. I am not done with it btw, but thought I should post a couple of things about it.
I have to say this: I suggested in a somewhat not so serious way that photographing surfers is probably not hard. WRONG WRONG WRONG (in fact, that's why I got assigned this task most likely). This falls in the realm of sports photography (a shot comes in, comes out and if you weren't ready for it, too bad). What else makes Surfer photographer difficult:
#1. The constant whiteness inside the frame of water foam + non foam will make your light meter go up/down constantly.
#2. You have to pick up a good time in the day to photograph. Because I didn't wake up at 6:00 am, but at 8:30 am, and then diddled around a bit, I arrived by 11:30 am. What's the problem? Oh the sunlight falls right over people's head, and in the afternoon, all your subjects will be back lit- if you are in the California coast. I won't attempt to defend the lighting conditions these photos are in so forgive me on that point.
#3. I had to learn about wave reports to see if "the surf was up" - still don't know some terms. You have to have waves and...
#4. You have to have surfers willing to do some decent surfing. Fortunately I think I got a couple. Also...
#5. If you are using autofocus, your cameras phase TTL contrast mechanism may be easy thrown off by scenes as they lack contrast, or the camera decides to focus on the water. I had to throw out 8 shots because of that... (I am not making excuses for myself because of the camera. You have to deal with this, it is my repsonsability).
#6. You have to avoid shake when telephoto-shooting- but at the same time your subjects are moving... and you may want to move with them to capture a more special moment...
There are many other things, but overall, it was fun. I even saw a photographer, photographing me, so I decided to immediately point my camera at him and photograph him. We were both far... he smiled.
Anyway, here are some of what I think where some of the better shots: