surf photography protocol ?

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cranky-creations started the topic in Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 at 1:59am

Hi Gang.
i love taking surf pics and was thinking of taking it to another level. my question is
in todays politically screwed up mind DO YOU MIND getting your pics taken. i think i take pretty good stuff, im not interested in selling to mags but to the local surfer, so he has a decent pic of himself. i know i would have loved pics of me as a grom but am hesitant to go out and do it. for worry of what do gooders think. would be interested in knowing what you think
Scotty

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non-local commented Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 at 5:56am

if you do it properly and have a method for the surfers to view the stuff you shoot, you will do great at it. Put a web site together and get some business cards printed up to give to people that you have photos of as they leave the water. A guy does it around where I live and he has been able to make a living from it. Go for it and if someone has the shits with you for shooting them then just delete thes shots you have of them and tell them to beat it. If you shoot sequences you will get a better sales rate. Make sure that your stuff is good before you ask for cash though. Good luck!

one good turn deserves another

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cranky-creations commented Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 at 6:18am

i have looked into waterproof business cards and carrying an ipad with me so i can show my stuff. i have a t shirt i wear when im shooting with my logo all over it so im not hiding the fact that im there to take surf pics an not kids an topless girls.Working on a web site but its pricey. have a face book page with my stuff on it at the moment.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cranky-Creations-Photography/1286252104948...
i plan on keeping my stuff local which is in the sutherland shire Sydney. and have looked in to council stuff and it still seems ok down here. thanks for the support.

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ben-colyer commented Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 at 1:37am

Scotty,
Go for your life buddy. There is NO restriction on taking shots and showing those shots for sale. If you are in public you have NO expextation of privacy regardless of age, who you are etc. What you can't do, is sell a shot of someone to be used to advertise a product. You must have a model release signed by the subject.

Check this site out.

http://4020.net/words/photorights.php

What you don't want to do is to get in the way of the surfing.
Smile and put yourself out there.

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cranky-creations commented Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 at 1:59pm

hey thanks for that info Ben. ill just have to see where it all takes me.

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ndpsurf commented Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 at 3:50am

I wonder what a resonable price for a surfing picture (of them self) would be to the general surfer?
For example an electronic copy thats just for non commercial purposes.

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ezytiger commented Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 at 6:24am

Thats interesting, I thought if you take a photo for your own business, and have a copy rights to the photo you could do anything with that image?

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jaffa1949 commented Monday, 3 Jan 2011 at 9:41am

Thats interesting, I thought if you take a photo for your own business, and have a copy rights to the photo you could do anything with that image?

By: "ezytiger"

No Ben is right about a release for photos used to advertise, how would you feel if your mug came up advertising some shitty or pornographic product.

Some areas and council sites attract a fee if you are shooting commercially. Hand out your cards discretely.

If you are at exotic secret surf locations, be invisible in your shooting, there are some narky locals out there.

Other than that all's good!

I have opinions and sometimes i'm right

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shaun commented Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 at 3:00am

ezytiger wrote:


If you are at exotic secret surf locations, be invisible in your shooting, there are some narky locals out there.

By: "jaffa1949"

Or you could just keep it a secret ad go surfing.

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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jaffa1949 commented Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 at 9:30am

"jaffa1949"][quote="ezytiger" wrote:
If you are at exotic secret surf locations, be invisible in your shooting, there are some narky locals out there.

By: "shaun"

Or you could just keep it a secret ad go surfing.

Much better option by far. Secret spots if you do shoot stay in your own collection.
Big lenses give the game away!

I have opinions and sometimes i'm right