Category: Gear

AxisGO iPhone water housing – unboxing

Summary: AxisGO is the best water housing for iPhone surf photography. AxisGO is a water housing system for your iPhone. it’s the first smart phone water housing designed specifically for surface water sports like surfing. Here’s my video unboxing of the AxisGO water housing. Download the manual here. Place an order through Amazon.com here. AxisGO housing […]

Waterproof iPhone Case – The Next Big Thing

Summary: More surf photos are taken on phones than cameras. Smart people are taking action. GoPro and Nikon are struggling, Canon keep releasing mediocre mid range cameras. What are you, the next generation of amateur surf photographers, going to use to create awesome surf images? Your phone! (once you’ve got your waterproof iPhone housing of course) Here’s my very […]

360 degree video: the best camera for surf

360 degree video is poised to be the next big thing in content creation, with Virtual Reality (VR) experiences moving into the mainstream and people tiring of the same old angles it’s a natural progression for any sort of first person point of view style footage and action sports like surfing in particular. Why is […]

Old Housings, New Housings, Medium format, Micro Four Thirds, GoPro

Here’s an interesting housing that caught my eye on eBay recently, it’s for a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera, a classic professional medium format design: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131238627812?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 You can pick up a Rolleiflex camera for about £400 second hand, so combined with this housing it’s not actually a super expensive set-up and you’re all set for […]

My New Port

I just received my new Aquatech LP-TZ4 port so I can use my Canon 70-200 f4 L lens with my CR-60 housing and Canon 70D, my initial reaction is that it looks too short, but I don’t have my lens or housing with me at the moment so I can’t actually check, I’m fairly confident […]

Mikala Jones Board Cam on Surfers Journal

I ended up on The Surfer’s Journal website the other day, after listening to the excellent interview with Steve Pezman on the Surf Splendor podcast. The first thumbnail that caught my eye features Mikala Jones and accompanies this article: http://www.surfersjournal.com/mikala-jones-bali-1 You’ve probably seen Mikala Jones‘ self shot GoPro videos, and the article talks about his […]

Sarah Lee’s Underwater Photography Tips

This popped up on Peta Pixel, but was originally on Smug Mug’s blog, there’s some very useful practical advice for shooting underwater, especially with models or duck diving surfers, but the main thing that interested me was her use of the Outex silicone water housing thing. http://news.smugmug.com/2014/03/26/essential-underwater-photography-tips-from-sarah-lee/ The best tip for me was number three: […]

Tim Nunn on Action Cameras

Here’s a couple of links to Errantsurf.com, one that will be interesting if you haven’t already bought into the GoPro range of action cameras, and another that is worth a read whichever tiny video camera you’ve ended up with. The Top Six Action Cameras: http://blog.errantsurf.com/2014/03/top-six-surfing-action-cams/ Tim Nunn does a good job describing the attributes of […]

Jeff Hubbard by Tom Brune on Le Boogie – Long Lens Water Photography

I spotted this shot on Le Boogie magazine’s fast-tracked daily image feature and the close up water shot style intrigued me. The photographer is Tom Brune, and he shot it using a Canon 50D and a Canon 70-200mm F4 USM lens, a very similar set-up to the one I use, unfortunately I don’t have a […]

Flash In The Water – Pete Webb’s Set Up

In this two part post on iso1200.com photographer Pete Webb talks about the gear and techniques involved with shooting remote flash in the water, this isn’t specifically surf related, but it’s easily transferable to surf situations too. Part 1: http://www.iso1200.com/2012/02/strobist-in-water-with-powerwizard-and.html Part 2: http://www.iso1200.com/2012/02/wet-strobist-with-sport-photographer.html 4º Sea Swimmers from Pete Webb on Vimeo. That video shows the […]

Water Housing Users Guide – Part 2 – Which Port Should I Use?

If you’re new to shooting photographs of surfing using a water housing I’d recommend looking at Part 1 of my users guide to get up to speed on some basics of using and maintaining your housing. One of the questions I get asked most often about shooting using a water housing is – which port […]

Paulo Barcellos – Life After Bodyboarding

Here’s an interesting interview on Riptide magazines website with Paulo Barcellos, ex world champion bodyboarder who now makes a living taking photo’s and shooting video of surfing. http://riptidemag.com.au/news/1715-life-after-bodyboarding-with-paulo-barcellos As always I’m fascinated by the photo of all his gear, although in the interview the idea that gear is definitely not everything comes across clearly, experience […]

Updates From The Channel – Via Stab Mag

It isn’t the first iPhone shot I’ve seen sent directly from the line-up but it’s an interesting one, taken by photographer (and Quiksilver Marketing guy) Nic Dazet from the channel at Belharra (French big wave spot): http://stabmag.com/a-brief-update-from-the-channel-of-belharra/ It’s a shot of the back of a Canon 5D Mark III, that’s a £2200 camera body and […]

Surfer Magazine Best Photo’s of 2013 – Deeper Analysis

By now you’ve probably seen quite a few best of 2013 style posts, I’ve already mentioned The inertia and Stab Mag’s offerings on learningsurfphotography.com, but this one from Surfer magazine is especially interesting to budding surf photographers and definitely warrants a deeper analysis: http://www.surfermag.com/photos/best-photos-2013 For starters, all the images are first class, with many of […]

Roger Sharp – Canon FD 800mm on Sony NEX for Surf Photography

I’ve got a Panasonic GF-1, it’s a mirrorless camera which uses the Micro Four thirds lens mount, I’ve got an adapter which allows me to use my Canon EF lenses on the camera, I don’t get auto focus, and aperture control is handled manually by the adapter, so whilst it’s fun to use, especially with […]

Grind TV – How I Got The Shot Features

Every now and then I stumble across a feature on a website that I can’t believe I haven’t seen before, this time it’s Grind TV’s How I Got The Shot, and there’s a fair bit of content there that is going to be useful for learning surf photography. Here’s a quick list of the features […]

Learning Drone Photography Part 1 – Quadcopter Basics

You might have noticed me mentioning a new toy of mine, a Blade 350QX quad-copter, I’ve been fascinated with the possibilities for aerial photography (and videography) for a while, I purchased a helicopter to try and get air born but never got further than the simulator on my computer, it’s incredibly hard to fly a […]

DPReview – Top 5 Waterproof Cameras for 2013

This post wont be for everyone who reads this site, but if you’re just starting out, or if you currently don’t have a water housing for your camera, a waterproof camera is worth considering, especially as a backup or travel camera that compliments your current set-up. http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3436829389/dpreview-recommends-best-waterproof-cameras?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_1 The number one is, predictably, the Nikon AW1, […]

Tim Nunn’s Fisheye Recommendations With Examples

Following up from the last link to Tim Nunn’s blog, on telephoto lenses, this time around it’s fisheye’s being compared, as before he’s talking from experience on Canon and Nikon so there’s something there to learn whatever you shoot with: http://timnunnsurfandadventurephotography.com/2013/11/07/choosing-the-best-fisheye-lens-for-surf-photography/ Canon’s 8-15mm L lens gets the top slot for Canon shooters, but it’s mega […]

GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ Pistol Grip Triggers – Which Is Best?

UPDATE: you can now watch my review video where I compare the SPL Dome Port and housing system with the KNEKT GPLT trigger system. One of the drawbacks when using my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition for taking still surf photo’s was the lack of a pistol grip shutter release, there are other drawbacks which […]

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition Review (Part 1 – Stills)

You can read my first post on the GoPro Hero 3+ for my first impressions on the camera and housing, this first part of the in depth review will focus on the stills that you can capture with the Hero 3+ Black Edition, and how they compare to something taken with a DSLR in a […]

Essex Announce New Ports for Slant-X Housing

The Slant-X housing system from Essex gets more interesting with the announcement of new ProDome ports: http://www.surfhousings.com/store/prodome%E2%84%A2-ports-fisheye-lenses The range of modular parts is widening and the promise of control backs for new cameras is sure to encourage people into buying into the Slant-X housing. If I was a professional who upgraded camera body and lenses […]

Nikon AW1 – New Waterproof Mirrorless Camera

Check out the announcement made today by Nikon, a waterproof (to 15 metres) interchangeable lens camera, it shoots 15 fps with continuous autofocus and a mental 60fps with single autofocus. More on Dpreview here: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-1-aw1 There are two waterproof lenses for it at the moment, the kit zoom 11-27mm (30-74mm equiv) and a wide prime […]

New GoPro App and Firmware Update

GoPro recently released an update for their iOS and Android App, so once you update your camera’s firmware you now have access to a live preview of what you’re filming and, best of all, you can play back or transfer files via WiFi to your phone or tablet. Full details: http://gopro.com/software-app/gopro-app?utm_source=update&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gopro-app-update-2-top-image-learn-more-row&utm_campaign=gopro-app-update-2-row#COMPATIBILITY Here’s the launch video: […]

Liquid Eye Release The C1600 – a new budget water housing

Check out this post on the Surf Photographers United forum from Philippe Chevodian of Liquid Eye housings which highlights their latest budget housing design, it features a permanently attached pistol grip and the standard removable front plate. http://www.surfphotographersunited.com/forum/index.php?/topic/3172-liquid-eye-launch-the-new-i-model-c1600/ The big story though is the price of the housing: US $795, (about £520) so even with […]

How To – Gain Full Control With A Basic Water Housing

IMPORTANT – please note that the latest versions of Magic Lantern do not support Pico C scripting, you can still use the scripts but you’ll have to use an old build of Magic Lantern, read more, and download the version I use, here: https://learningsurfphotography.com/manual-control-with-magic-lantern-updated/ I have a Canon 60D and an Aquatech CR-60 housing, this […]

How To – Flash Surf Photography Part 2: Remote Flash Shot

Perhaps you’ve seen my video on the basics of incorporating flash into your surf photography, if not it’s a good primer for the following discussion on the remote flash shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kfwnNjxyHqA Just in case you haven’t read the Behind the Shot feature in issue 220 (November 2012) of Wavelength, the remote flash traditionally involves someone […]

How-To Flash Photography – Video

This is the first video for Learning Surf Photography, it goes through the basics of incorporating flash into your surf photography. Parts 2 and 3 are up now and go into detail on the two basic types of flash shot that I show in the video. https://learningsurfphotography.com/post/43341085101/how-to-flash-surf-photography-part-1-waterproof-your (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

The 270 Project – Scott Aichner to GoPro Hero 3

Fisheye photography has always interested me, I got a snap on wide angle adapter for my video camera as soon as I could, at the time I was influenced by skate videos like Misled Youth and the water footage in bodyboarding videos like No Friends, I like the distortion, the extreme close-up nature of the […]

Book Review – Flying Through The Clouds: Surf Photography of Jim Russi

After posting about my top 5 inspirational books and magazines for anyone learning surf photography I did a bit of searching for other books that might be worth a read, Jim Russi’s Flying through the clouds seemed like a popular one so I treated myself to a copy. First off – it’s not got any […]

Buying A Second Hand Water Housing

There’s some good information out there on which water housing to buy for surfing, I would particularly recommend Roger Sharps Blog post on the subject here: http://www.surfphoto.co/surfphoto/2011/09/surf-water-housing-buyers-guide.html But they tend to focus on what the options are for buying a new housing, which pretty much all cost over £1000, not that it’s easy to find […]

Surf Photography Inspiration – Top 5: Books & Magazines

I started surfing before the internet, it was rubbish, it’s better now, but I did get used to magazines, books and videos being the only form of surf media I could consume. One night George Greenough’s Crystal Voyager was on Channel 4 and my friends dad taped it, we watched it about 20 times, The […]