- Ten Lists of Ten Tips for Digital Filmakers &
Tips on Shooting Extreme Sports
By Andrew Herbison
have learned many unexpected lessons along the way,
which in turn made me the go-to guy, but not for my
talent or love of sports, but because I followed these
Create a tool bag. The must have items for those
emergency situations. Riders/ athletes are always
forgetting something, and if have tools they need
you are they're new bestfriend. It's best to overly
prepare than to be under prepared or not prepare at
Know the location in great detail. Knowledge of
your surroundings is one of the greatest benefits
to the shoot. Know the tides, direction of the sun
so you know where to stand. Get to know the locals.
Always be respectful, humble, and friendly, and never
bring a crowd to the beach. You are usually at someone
else's home break.
3. Have a back up camera if possible. At the
very least have back-up tapes/cards and batteries.
Nothing worse than getting to a location and having
the battery die. It's best to get a move that was
almost made then to miss the move altogether.
Know your athletes. Know their personalities,
their styles and their habits. If you can anticipate
an athletes moves, it will greatly enhance your shot.
5. Have water. Most extreme sports athletes
have drink sponsors or bring their own, but on occasion
someone forgets something like water. If an athlete
is taking a break near your set up, it is a good opportunity
to discuss the next shot.