How to Take Great Surf Photography

Surf photography can be difficult to obtain, but if you do it right, you will end up with some amazing shots. While you can take okay surf photography by standing on the beach, many photographers will get in the water with surfers to get awesome close-up shots. This guideline will go over a few tips for surf photography.


Of course, you must have a waterproof camera for surf photography. You are better off not using point and shoot cameras for surf photography because it takes a few seconds before a photo is taken, which may cause you to lose your shot. If you are new to surf photography, you can get by with a throw away waterproof camera.


You should avoid taking surf photography in the middle of the day. If you are looking to obtain front lit shots, take your surf photography in the early morning. For back lit shots, which are known for creating a silhouette around surfers, take your surf photography around sunset.

Shutter Speeds

If you use a shutter speed that is too slow, you will get some motion blur in your surf photography. Most surf photographers will use a shutter speed of 1/1250 or 1/1600. Those are fairly fast shutter speeds, so it will take some practice before you are able to obtain shots that don't have stabilization issues. You should also use an ISO speed of 400 to 640 for surf photography.