Within the past decade it has been more common for people to capture photos and videos on their phone rather than a traditional camera. With #SkateTok quickly gaining popularity over the past year, we’ve seen it for ourselves on the rink. If you’re looking to show off your skating moves on TikTok or just for yourself, we’ve come up with our 5 favorite techniques to capture them!
Panning combines slow shutter speed and camera motion that is focused on your moving subject. You can keep the skater in focus while blurring the background. It is best in landscape mode. It is not an easy technique to master, but it is worth it once you do.
Invisible motion is a super cool technique. You photograph movement, but you don’t see the subject. An example of this is the light trials from cars, you can see the trial of lights but can’t see the cars on the road. For this to work best, you typically need a longer shutter speed. It will give your skater a ghostlike presence in the photo.
Blurred images are some of the most popular. They can tell a great story as well and make the image look more like a painting. To accurately do this technique, you choose a longer shutter speed, focus on the subject, and then slighting move your phone from side to side.
Chronography is when you capture movement by taking several images and combining them into one. It’s very popular in skating, skateboarding, and skiing to see the full range of motion in one image. You’ll want to have your phone on a tripod to prevent any camera shake and choose continuous shooting mode. From this, you’ll capture every range of motion and be able to put them all together using computer software like Adobe.
You can easily capture movement with a timelapse. Luckily enough, most smartphones now have a timelapse option. So it’s as easy as turning it into timelapse mode and recording!
Remember that with any of these techniques, practice makes perfect! With your new camera skills, you may have the next viral skating video on TikTok in no time. Remember while you’re practicing to come skate with us at Rainbow Rink!