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Photographer Insight: Shannon Glasson

Photographer Insight: Shannon Glasson

Shannon Glasson is one of the modern surf photography world’s next big names. Her photos, mainly from the Cronulla and South Sydney region are crisp and flawless. She’s out in the line up on the biggest swells and in the mix with some of the Shire’s best surfers and bodyboarders getting THE shot.  

There’s no doubting the girl has talent and we’re stoked to have had her as one of this year’s Ocean & Earth Surf Photographer Search finalists. 


Shannon GlassonGrowing up in the Sutherland Shire in NSW, Australia, I picked up a camera at 13 after a heap of sporting injuries and haven’t put my camera down since.

I’ve always loved the water, being brought up in North Cronulla Surf Club the water was second nature to me, so naturally, I wanted to take photos in the water since I could no longer compete. I picked up a GoPro when I was 14 and I was hooked.

Learning The Ropes…

9 years as a nipper in the surf club taught me the dangers of the ocean and the skills used to stay safe in the water. Many of the skills I still use today, I don’t know where I’d be without the knowledge learnt back then. I’ve slowly progressed to a semi-professional DSLR camera and use Aquatech housing.

My style has changed dramatically over the past 3 years. Being self taught trying things and getting them wrong happen quite a bit. All this experimentation has given me new perspectives that I had not seen before, and now some of my most prized photos.

A lot of my inspiration is drawn from my favourite photographers including Adam Duffy, Warren Keelan, Ted Grambeau and Richard Kotch.

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Modern photography involves a decent amount of editing most of everything I’ve learnt has been self taught watching endless amounts of videos and analysing images from photographers that have inspired me. Then it was all about getting out there and shooting the more time you’re in the water the more it becomes second nature to know where to sit.

There is one thing I’ll never forget that Adam said to me when I was shooting with him up on the Gold Coast it was “Learn the rules and then learn how to break them.” Try to shoot the image right in camera first so you’re out shooting more instead of sitting in front of a screen having to edit images.

Where I’m Going…

My photography direction is to continue shooting surf regularly as well as shooting other aspects of photography to broaden my technical skills and knowledge. I want to experiment with landscapes, nature, travel and newborn photography with the aim of opening a gallery/coffee shop with my images on show.

My favourite type of photos are images that have been captured and have something different and unique about them. Showing the RAW power and uniqueness of mother nature.

In My Camera Bag…

  • Canon 7d mark ii
  • Canon 7d
  • Canon 17-40mm f/4
  • Canon 70-200mm f/4
  • Tokina 10-17mm fisheye
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4
  • Canon 580 ex ii
  • Canon Battery grip
  • Spare batteries
  • Macbook
  • Lee filters
  • Canon Shutter release
  • Manfrotto Monopod and Tripod
  • Aquatech Elite housing 7D
  • Dome Port 8’’
  • Flat porttuural Zinc
  • A Tin of Surfmud

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