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Ready to elevate your kite surfing photography skills in Cape Town to the next level?

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

A treasure trove of professional tips awaits you! I´ll show you how to level up your kite surfing photography in Cape Town

Kitesurfer doing a low mega loop on short lines. Jason van der Spuy in Cape Town.
Jason Van der Spuy sending it low! Mega loop in Cape Town on short lines.

Ever wondered why capturing the perfect kitesurfing photo is such a challenge? It's not just about getting that action shot, but also battling wind, sand, and moisture which can wreak havoc on your camera. Communication with the kiter is crucial - understanding their movements and timing is key to getting that awe-inspiring shot. But remember, safety first! Weather conditions can be unpredictable so always stay alert. So if you're up for it, grab that camera and let's dive into the dynamic world of kitesurfing photography together!

Tip #1 - Chose the right framing!

"Unlock the secret to awe-inspiring action photography!"

Are you a budding photographer looking to create stunning action shots? Have you considered the power of incorporating a kite into your frame?

Establishing solid communication with your subject is integral. Reliable two-way radios can revolutionize your coordination, ensuring you both are on the same page for that perfect shot. While it may not always be viable, this strategy is a game-changer for commercial and editorial shoots.

Make the kite the star of your frame and watch as your photography ascends to new heights! With the right focus, you can create breathtaking imagery that will set you apart in your field.

Remember, the sky's the limit when it comes to creativity!

Tip #2 - Keep an eye on the weather and the right conditions for the spot!

The first essential step is getting familiar with weather patterns. This knowledge pays off in time and effort saved when planning your shoot. Second, always put safety first. When the weather takes a turn for the worst, the best decision is to call off the shoot. Lastly, maintain open communication lines with your kiter. This ensures that you're both on the same page and prepared for any sudden changes.

In the end, it's about capturing the excitement and thrill of kitesurfing, without compromising on safety.

Kite surfer Josh Emanuel battling the south easter wind during the Red Bull King of the Air 2022. Cape Town Kite Beach
Josh Emanuel battling the elements during the Red Bull King of the Air 2022

Tip #3 - Know how to battle with the elements!

Battling these conditions not only adds an element of thrill but also opens a world of opportunities to capture spectacular images. It's time to arm up with snowboarding goggles and jackets – even the sand is eager to join the fun!

Photography is an art, and like any other art, experimenting is crucial. Experiment with different angles and foregrounds to add depth to your images, adding a touch of nuance and sophistication to your craft.

Here are some key pointers to guide you through this adventure:

1. Study the weather patterns – knowledge is power and will help you make the most of each shooting opportunity.

2. Collaborate with the kite surfers. By directing their poses and trajectory, you can align their moves with your vision.

3. Be discerning. Not all conditions are worth your time.

Remember, every challenging condition you conquer is a feather in your cap in the realm of kitesurfing photography!

Tip #4 - Unlock the magic of the perfect kitesurfing shot!

The perfect kitesurfing shot? It's not just about the rider's skill, but a wonderful dance of timing and collaboration. As a photographer, your role isn't simply behind the lens. You're an integral part of the action, working closely with the athlete to position yourself for those thrilling, high-octane moments.

Communicate your vision. Align your goals with the athlete's, ensuring that both of you are in sync for showstopping captures. Be patient. The perfect shot isn't hurried, so wait for the peak trick moment before pressing the click. Review, together. Go through your shots with the athlete. Select the best ones that represent both of your hard work. These photos will not only make for stunning editorials but could also be the next face of ad campaigns.Never underestimate the power of a perfectly timed photo!

So, are you ready to redefine the way you capture the action? Grab your gear and find your wave today.

Kite surfer in Cape Town in front of Table mountain. Photo is capturing him jumping high
Stijn Mul during the BAKL event in Cape Town.

Conclusion -How to level up your kite surfing photography skills in Cape Town

In the fast-paced world of kitesurfing, capturing that perfect shot involves more than just a keen eye. It's a calculated dance, a harmonious blend of timing, location, and a generous dash of good luck. Spring into action and choose the right framing for your shot. It's all about being in the right place at the right moment. Keep a weathered eye on the sky, and align your efforts with ideal conditions for a truly stunning snapshot. Don't fight the elements - embrace them! Let the wind guide your journey and the sun illuminate your subject. The magic of the perfect kitesurfing shot is not just there for taking - it's waiting for you to unlock it.

Always remember, the secret lies in the trifecta: timing, location, and a little luck from Mother Nature. Here's to capturing that magic moment - happy snapping, professionals!


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For me watersports photography and videography, like kitesurfing, surfing and windsurfing, is the perfect mix of creation and action. With my marketing background and as a passionate photographer and videographer I´ll help you to set up your next marketing campaign and reach your brand goals.

With a specialized focus on outdoor photography and videography, my passion lies in capturing the exhilarating world of watersports like kitesurfing, surfing and windsurfing.

Cape Town based photographer and videographer focusing on kitesurfing. Content creator and marketing agency.

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