Triple-shot with sam ashley _ features _ caught in the crossfire

Sam Ashley is the now London based, bearded photo editor for Document Magazine. Chicken marinades for grilling Like all skate magazines, Document take their photography seriously but they also know that quality will always be delivered whilst the onus is upon this fella..

Due to his commitment to skateboarding and his incredible eye through the lens, Sam has risen to the top and now also finds himself shooting adverts for for Blueprint, Landscape and Heroin Skateboards – welcome to Sam Ashley’s Triple Shot.

I’ve shot photos for as long as I can remember but I’ve had stuff published since ’98.

Just by wanting to shoot photos of my friends, sometimes skateboarding, sometimes not. Heart of chicken I did this for a few years before sending some photos to Sidewalk Mag, they began using them a short while after.


What were the worst days shooting skateboarding of your life ever and why?

Trying to get a photo at competitions alongside 6 other photographers, 4 of whom don’t even skate, sucks. How to cook liver of chicken Other than that it’s all good!

Matt Hensley by Dan Sturt,Transworld, August 1990. Butter chicken masala indian recipe – I don’t think this photo made me run out and start shooting skate photos but it made me realise how great photography could be. Spicy chicken masala curry When this came out Hensley was everyone’s favourite. Hyderabadi chicken masala curry The craziness of the spot made it seem out of this world but at the same time it was almost attainable, it made you think ‘maybe we could skate something like this?’. Easy chicken masala curry The BGPs are awesome and the trick was epic too. Chicken masala curry recipe Sturt tied it all together with on point lighting and composition, everyone I knew was blown away by this.

What’s the relationship like between a photographer and filmer?

I’m good friends with quite a few filmers, they’re generally good lads! Problems usually arise from the fact that I consider photos with a filmer’s death lens hanging in the corner only fit for the bin. Indian chicken masala curry As long as they’re not stood in front of my flashes or my lens then I’m happy.

What main advice would you give to upcoming skate photographers?

Try and be as original as possible. How to make chicken masala curry Practice your photography on your friends, If you mess up a photo of Johnny Pro backlipping a 29, everyone’s going to know about it. Chicken masala tikka recipe Don’t work for free, if your photos are worth publishing then they’re worth something.

Tell us about your favourite skate photo you submitted to this feature?

I’ve chose this just because I like the simplicity of it I think. Eastern chicken masala powder There’s no flashes or fisheye or colours…

A lot of skate photographers (myself included) get bogged down with tons of lights and trickery but a most of my favourite photos end up when I just try and keep it simple.

I’m happy to make a living from doing just skate photography.

Let’s just say that photographers in other fields are probably paid much better, but they probably don’t have as much fun.

Are there ways of getting better/free equipment as you continue to grow or do you have to fund everything yourself?

I’ve never tried to blag any camera equipment, I doubt I’d get too far either! Fuji give me film now and again though, which is nice. Homemade chicken masala powder You can write equipment off against tax though.

If I’m shooting bands I’ll definitely listen to their stuff beforehand and try and convey what they’re about in the photo. Tandoori chicken masala powder recipe I listen to music quite a lot, but when I’m on tour I usually leave the i-pod at home. Chicken masala powder recipe I find it a bit antisocial when people stick the headphones on when they’re in the van.

Tell us about the non skate shot you have submitted and the story behind it…

Adam Mondon, Finland 2002 – How can you not love a ropeswing?!

If you were to buy a pocket snapper for capturing skating on a budget to get going, which camera would you suggest?

My first camera was a Nikon FE2 with a 50mm f1.8 lens. Chicken masala powder ingredients This set up is small, light, has fast flash sync and is relatively cheap, I still use it! FM2s are good too.

Generally speaking I’d say shoot film for stills and shoot digital for sequences. How to make chicken masala powder There really are too many variables to say definitely one or the other. Butter chicken masala powder Digital’s so good now that what you’ve shot is more important than what you’ve shot it on.

Basically, I think film usually looks nicer and digital is more convenient.

My standard set up is Hasselblads for stills, Nikon digital for sequences. Chicken masala in slow cooker I’ll quite often mess about with other cameras though, just to make things interesting for myself.

You can find out more about Sam Ashley’s photography over at www.samashley.com

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