Photo-G Cautionary Tales
You can shoot skate photos however the hell you want—we’re not here to preach. But we are here to help. And what better way to learn than from mistakes? (Ideally, someone else’s.) So, to separate the good from the ghastly, let’s review common missteps from our own Photograffiti. And remember, there’s no such thing as an “incorrect” skate photo...except for ass shots. This ran in the June mag and here's another look.
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There’s either solid control or a squirelly-looking bail-fest. Feet don’t lie.
Forced style + fear of commitment = weird hip/limb exertion. Relax, dude.
Photographers and filmers: in each other’s way since 10,000 B.C.
Flip tricks are quick. Miss the shot and you’re stuck with kung-fu air gymnastics.
This lens makes shitty mountains out of crappy molehills.
Eye contact, horns, gargoyle face...on an ankle-biter rail?
Synchronized ollies between best friends make Grandma happy, but skaters sad.
Oh nose! When the front of the board is aimed at heaven, the shot looks like hell.
Be it “Attack of the Flying Man Cheeks” or “Ichabod Crane: the Headless Ass-Man,” this angle stinks.
You can’t spell Photoshop without P-O-O-P.
When the grab is early, the stoke is not just late, it’s never going to arrive.
Too much of a mediocre thing is a mouse-click away.
January 1989Cover: Jay Adams – Grind Photo: Hudson Inside This Mag: Thrash-A-Thon in San Luis Obispo and what skateboarding is all about in 1989Also In This Issue: An overview of contests, demos and other skate-intrusions in '88, pool skating in Cambridge and some snowboarding actionMusic Articles: The Sugar Cubes, Igor's record collection, Suicidal Tendencies and Eek-A-Mouse
December 1988Cover: Lance Mountain – Sad PlantPhoto: Ogden Inside This Mag Capitol Burnout in Sacramento with Lance Mountain, Micke Alba, Eric Dressen, Jason Jesse, Mark Gonzales, Steve Caballero and Ben Schroeder and skating in Germany Also In This Issue: Spotlight on skating in Boise, IDMusic Articles: Social Distortion and Guns 'n' Roses
November 1988Cover: Bod Boyle – Back Lip Photo: Kanights Inside This Mag: Jaks team in Santa Barbara and the World Cup '88 in MunsterAlso In This Issue: Metro D.C. skate report, the "Gotcha Grind" in Seattle and the O'Boy/Thrasherland/TNT Skate Shop series finaleMusic Articles: The Hard-Ons and Social Distortion
October 1988Cover: Dave Hackett – Frontside Grind Photo: Katz Inside This Mag: The Tracker Bluegrass Aggression Session at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY, skating in Albuquerque and a photospread of skating at a New Zealand canalAlso In This Issue: Pool sharks and gnarly skate injuriesMusic Articles: The Accused and happening bands from the East Coast featuring Living Colour, Soul Asylum, H.R. from Bad Brains, White Zombie, Gwar, Danzig and more