Welcome to this week’s Comacan Questions Interview, this week’s guest is involved in the world of capturing the perfect moment. As Skateboarding has evolved, skateboarders have continued to push the envelope, so too has the way these moments are captured. Our guest today has had many a popular picture captured in and around the Ontario skateboarding scene, his eye and precision behind his camera have immortalized some amazing talent right at the perfect time. We are beyond proud to share this week’s interview with Mike Manis, aka ShutterSpeedDisorder.
How did you get into photography?
I took photography in high school. Many years ago. Digital at that time wasn’t even thought of. Fast forward to 2006, I bought my first DSLR.
What type of things do you like to shoot?
I enjoy action shots. Mainly skateboarders, bmx, rollerskaters, roller bladers, cars, custom built motorcycles, and celebrities. I’ve also shot cover bands. Over this past year, I’ve looked into shooting fashion and models as well.
How did you get into shooting skateboarding?
I got into skateboard photography at a local skatepark near my house. Saw some crazy skaters doing awesome tricks. Brought my kids there, along with my camera too. Shot up a storm over time. 7 years later, here I am.
How long have you been a photographer?
I took film photography in high-school and for a few years thereafter. I got back into it in 2006 when I purchased my first real DSLR.
Where can people view your work?
I usually post on my IG page only. I’d like to put together a website at some point, but I don’t have the patience to try it. So, if anyone wants to volunteer!?! Lol.
How can people contact you?
I could be reached through IG dms or email at email@example.com.
What does skateboarding mean to you?
Skateboarding gives me piece of mind really. I find it a great challenge as I’m self-taught at it. I feel the adrenaline rush the skater feels while doing their trick. It’s even more of a rush for me when I have one of my photos published. That’s my ultimate yearly goal. It’s also pretty cool when people I don’t know, like other well-known photographers and skaters like my work.
It’s an amazing community/family that makes me feel welcomed. They are all open to some if my crazy ideas like incorporating fire in my photography.
What equipment do you use to shoot? Do you have a favorite setup?
The gear I use? Nikon D4s, Nikon 8-15mm fisheye, Nikon 14-24mm wide angle lens. Godox AD200 and Godox AD600 strobes. I’d have to say my fisheye is my go-to lens. Especially for vert or bowl photos.
Anyone you’d like to thank?
I’d like to thank everyone who has let me shoot them, past, present, and future. The pro photographers that give me that boost when I need it. The advice they send my way. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.