Dave Swift has been shooting rad photos longer than you’ve been alive (probably). We were hyped to have him in the mag.
Check out his feature from issue 22.
When I started on this Skate Photography adventure back in 1989 there was no digital option, so learning how to expose film was the only choice. In the first couple of years things were pretty hit and miss but remembering exposures and flash settings that worked gave more accurate results. I remember going from proof sheets with about ten accurate exposures to practically the whole roll exposed correctly in just a year or two. The more frequently I shot the better and more consistent results were and my stress levels while on skate trips went down immensely. Imagine being on a six-week long trip shooting roll after roll and not being completely confident of whether you exposed it correctly or not. Returning from a trip, turning in the rolls and opening the boxes to see the results was almost as exciting as opening Christmas presents as a kid. Well, maybe even more exciting.
So, for ten plus years I shot film exclusively and I’m glad I did because it made me think before I pushed the shutter button every single time. Around 2006 I put the film camera on the shelf and just shot digital for The Skateboard Mag until I got my original OG Nikon FM2 and fisheye back from Heath Kirchart in 2013. Since then I’ve always carried a film camera in my bag wherever I go and try and expose a few frames at each shoot. This article is from two such rolls that were in my camera from June 2017-November 2017 and scanned at Chrome Digital in San Diego, California. Hopefully I’ll process some new stuff soon. Enjoy.