How to Get Magazine Quality Skateboard Photos with a ‘Light Camera Setup’

Taking high-quality, magazine-worthy skateboarding photos doesn’t have to involve you carting around tons of gear. Sure, it might be nice to have the lighting power, but as photographer Matt Price shows you in the How To video above, you can still get great results with only what’ll fit in an average camera bag.

Price, who has several Skateboard Mag covers to his name, often shoots with only the gear he has in the small camera bag he carries — although, to be fair, he does pack it to the gills.

If you look inside his bag you’ll find: a Canon 1Ds Mk II, a Canon 7D, a Canon 50mm f/1.4, a Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye, a Pentax 70-210mm f/4.0, two Nikon SB-25 flashes, one Nikon SB-800 flash, and four Pocket Wizard plus radio slaves. He’s also a big fan of having extra shoelaces around … you never know.

Here are a couple of the shots he got using only that gear:



The photos aren’t anything spectacular, but then again, this was an impromptu shoot he put together specifically for this how to. You can see more of Price’s work — including some of his more impressive photography — by visiting his website here.

In the end, the moral of the story (or, in this case, video) is that you don’t need a ton of gear to get great skateboarding photos. And, as he makes sure to point out before signing off, “like in skating, shooting skating is about having fun and just doing what feels right.”

(via Reddit)

  • agour

    “Minimal gear” doesn’t seem like the correct term..

  • Björn Lubetzki

    Seriously? Since when do we call 2 Cameras, 3 Flashes, 4 Pocketwizards plus and 4 lenses minimum gear??
    The original video uses a way more accurate term “compact kit”. he slammed all that gear into one bag pack (somehow). But that gear is far from “minimalistic”

  • Shinfo

    Minimal gear is more like one camera, one lens, and maybe one light….I’m just shocked he crammed all that gear into that small bag.

  • DLCade

    Sorry about that :) We’ve gone ahead and changed the title using one of his quotes. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Adam Cross

    matt price is great, seen plenty of his work in magazines over the years =)

  • Luke Bateman

    I really want to know what bag that is.

  • Bo

    Pictures of skateboard or any other extrem sports are more successful thanks to the skills of performers as the technical or material of photographers .. Take just a camera, a fish-eye (and optionally two flashes and Transmitters) and especially a good skater and get a fantastic result ! what ever your skills in photography.

    You did not need more. And I speak as a sports photographer. Cheers.

  • Peter DiAntoni

    Since when are out of focus photographs acceptable? Even for this article…

  • Rabi Abonour

    Seriously, what the hell? Why would you pick such worthless photos to illustrate the article?

  • Aaro Keipi

    Two things: 1) These are not magazine-quality photos. 2) This is not a compact kit. This article wasn’t super useful.

  • Bo

    Was wondering as well… i thought it was from my screen since nobody mention it.

  • chuglife

    lowpro flipside 300
    I have one its a great bag

  • Tyler Magee

    being a skate mag photographer this is pretty minimal. haha iv seen sets that consist of a lot more gear.

  • BDWT

    Anyone notice that the link to his website is wrong? It’s supposed to be .com not .net!

  • speedfreak

    I agree