I've put together the very basics you will need to take pictures of skateboarding using a Digital DSLR camera.
Spend time talking with the skateboarder, see what trick and area they want to skate. Visualise in your mind how you want to compose your image, do you want to focus just on the trick or tell a full story by composing the surrounding area of your subject.
Composition is really key!
It's important to not distract from the skateboarder to much, ensure they have a relatively plain background when they are performing the trick. This will allow your subject to pop out of the image,
Discuss with the Skateboarder the angle of the image, as much as you're the photographer its extremely important to respect the skater, you need to make them look as awesome as they can!
Make sure within the framed image you can see where the skateboarder started, the trick and where they land. You need to tell the whole story.
3. Camera Set Up Digital- Image Quality
Set the image quality to the RAW setting with the highest bit depth number available (12, 14 or 16) and the image size to the maximum resolution output your camera is capable of. Set colour space to Adobe RGB if you have an option to do that.
Always format - fully erase - files from your memory cards in camera, not on your computer. And don't mix up memory cards from different cameras unless you format them with that camera before use.
This can be tricky as you're shooting a moving object, you want your skateboarder to be in focus at the right point of the trick. I usually get the skateboarder to try the trick once or twice to gage where I will be shooting the subject. Get them to stand where that point is and set your focus at that position.
Most cameras have AUTO FOCUS option however I would use Manual Focus that way you have more control and can set it exactly. ALWAYS ALWAYS recheck it before shooting. I've had times where I've missed the trick or the skateboarder was out of focus, can be a little upsetting for both parties if they've just nailed the trick!
6. Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.
SHUTTER SPEED 1/1000th
LOW APERTURE - (Blurry foreground/background) 3.2 - you must get your focus right shooting at this aperture.
ISO - 400 - If its quite dark I would bump the ISO up a little bit but try not to go too high as your image will get a lot of noise.
7. Tripod & Remote Release
For sharper results and to reduce any shake that can be a result of the hand held shooting - use tripod & remote release.
With so many skateboard photographers, photographers in general nowadays with all this cool technology, it's important to find your own style and have fun with it! Be yourself and remember its a team effort but always respect your subject, its your job to make them look the best they can!