Shots pumping with adrenaline, beautiful scenery and moments frozen at just the right time is what you get with A Shore Shot Photography.
Matthew Lang from New Jersey, US, is the man behind the lens and the man behind A Shore Shot Photography. He has a true passion for surfing and it shows through his perfect timing, as you see him capturing the picture you as a surfer would like to mount above the fireplace, over and over again. We had a friendly chat with Matthew, and we hope to bring you more articles featuring his fine work in the weeks to follow. Stay tuned and stay stoked for this photographer (see links at bottom of article)!
Please tell us a bit about yourself, Matthew.
ML: I am 33 yrs. old. I was born and raised here in New Jersey. I have been going to the beach and in the water since I was very young. I have always been fascinated by the ocean. I am very passionate about and have been a longtime supporter of all action sports including surfing. Surfing to me is that spiritual place, that takes you away from all your cares and makes you feel very at peace. I have been documenting action sports for seven years now. My goal and dream is to work for magazines and sponsors traveling the world capturing those special moments.
How did you first get interested in photography?
ML: I have always liked taking photos, but it wasn’t until my father gave me my first Canon 35mm film camera in college that I really got hooked. I went to school to be an artist, and when I took my first photography class everything changed. I have been shooting ever since, pushing the boundaries of my work every time I pick up my camera.
What is the greatest thing about taking photos?
ML: The greatest thing about taking photos would have to be the pure adrenaline and stoke I get when I nail the shot! I challenge myself with every session, trying different angles, and lighting conditions. I love capturing a session and looking back upon how good the waves were and how good the guys were riding that day.
Do you have any tips for up and coming photographers who seek inspiration from you?
ML: Stay Focused! It is so hard to stay motivated sometimes. You have long flat spells, or you see other peoples work that is really good and you get down on how your shots are coming out. There are many photographers that have better work than mine, but I use that as an inspiration to make my work better. Stay Positive! Keep shooting and keep submitting your work to the mags and other outlets. Dreams come true if you want it bad enough!
What kind of camera do you use for surf photography?
ML: I shoot with a Nikon D5100, I have a 18-55mm lens, also a 70-300mm lens. I also have been shooting water for about a year now, and I am doing that with a Canon Powershot Elph 100 HS and the Canon waterhousing made for that point and shoot camera. I am saving right now to upgrade my Nikon body to the D800 and purchase an SPL housing for that body.
Name your two favorite surf breaks.
ML: Home, sweet home, Bayhead, NJ and Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Where can Superstoked readers see more of your work?
ML: Right now I am still putting together my website, so you can just go to my facebook page www.facebook.com/AShoreShotPhotography. Thanks to SuperStoked Magazine and all of you for your support. Sincerely, Matthew Lang,